When you visit these Italian monasteries, you can eat as monks have eaten for centuries.
2. Abbey of the Holy Spirit, Caltanissetta, Sicily
Built in the 12th century by order of Count Roger I of Sicily, the Abbey of the Holy Spirit is one of the finest examples of Norman architecture on the island. It attracts thousands of visitors each year for its fine architecture, its rich collection of art including a mosaic of Christ, and its famous selection of delicious treats. Thanks to the dedication of Cistercian nuns, an order that spun off from the Benedictine order, the abbey has been the backdrop of many innovative Sicilian desserts. From the “pistachio cous cous” (a sweet and crunchy crumble made of pistachios, almonds, cinnamon and chocolate) to “buccellato ai fichi” (a swirled pastry filled with dried figs and chocolate), the Abbey of the Holy Spirit’s desserts rival that of any local pastry shop.
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