Eat, pray, love: Five heavenly monastery stays near Rome

There are few luxuries, or double beds, but these monasteries near Rome offer divine food at budget prices and treat guests ‘as if Christ himself were knocking on the door’

There’s nothing new about staying in a monastery or convent. Monks and nuns have been offering refuge to travellers for centuries. But these days it’s not just pilgrims resting their weary legs. Visitors are more likely to be tourists on a tight budget or wanting to spend the night in a historic building in a spectacular setting. In Venice, for example, the 16th-century San Giorgio Maggiore monastery has views of St Marks that a hotel would charge a premium for – yet the monks ask visitors to simply pay what they can.

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