Badia Benedettina della SS. Trinità
Driving up narrow, winding roads near the city of Cava de Tirrini in Southern Italy you arrive at the Badia Benedettina della SS. Trinità . This abbey recently celebrated its 1,000 anniversary (yes, one thousand).
It was founded in 1011 by Alferius of Pappacarbona, a noble of Salerno who became a Cluniac monk and had lived as a hermit in the vicinity since 1011. Pope Urban II endowed this monastery with many privileges, making it immediately subject to the Holy See, with jurisdiction over the surrounding territory.
This is an impressive abbey to say the least, and the edifications and surrounding areas are magnificently preserved. It is a bit of an adventure to get there, but well worth the trip.