Chiaravalle Abbey, Fiastra is a Cistercian abbey situated between Tolentino
and Urbisaglia, in the Marche
. It is one of the best preserved Cistercian abbeys in Italy
. It is surrounded by a large nature reserve.
Church: The church is dedicated to Santa Maria di Chiaravalle di Fiastra. The imposing building is pure Cistercian architecture, typical of the transitional phase between the Romanesque and the Gothic. There are three naves, and eight bays with Romanesque arches; the capitals of the columns were carved by the monks themselves.
Monastery: The monastery, which is next to the church, still functions as a Cistercian community. It boasts a beautiful cloister rebuilt in the 15th century. All around the cloister, it is possible to see the lay brothers' refectory, the cellar, the chapter house and the grottoes.