Sacred Cave Subiaco (Sacro Speco)
History and description
It is in this cave that Saint Benedict went to live as a hermit, known only to the monk Romano, who brought him the food necessary for his survival, by letting it down by means of a long rope.
After Saint Benedict had left the cave it became the site of prayer for the monks of the adjacent Saint Scholastico monastery.
In 1090 a monk called Palombo established himself near the “Sacro Speco” and went to live the life of a hermit there. One century later a community of 12 monks settled at the site and still later it was turned into the Monastery.