Passions & Places

Eremo dei Frati Bianchi

Eremo dei Frati Bianchi
Hermitage restoration

An international association the “Vivo Foundation” that carries out researches on psycho-traumas, bought the Eremo delle Grotte in 2001-2002.


A complete restoration project was presented to the Minister of the Italian Heritage (Ministero per i Beni e Attività Culturali) as the place is bound according to law n. 1089 year 1939 using European Community founds. 

The Ministry approved the project but imposed strict regulations so that restoration wouldn’t have harmed the traditional characteristics of the place and also the woods around. Vandalism and negligence had in fact already deeply affected the building and forest. 


The targets of the project are:

§      Carrying out a conservative restoration of the hermitage, in order to bring historical, architectonical, cultural, artistic, spiritual aspects back to life :

§      Organizing a functional structure for “Vivo foundation”;

§      Realizing a virtual visit accessible on the Internet: virtual reconstruction of the hermitage and virtual presentation of several pieces of arts around Italy.


The restoration is still being carried out. It has been decided to proceed restoring building after building. 

The first one, the one that is directly linked to the hermitage should be ready by June-July 2006. 

The restoration has involved: outside walls reinforcement, new floors and roofs, electrical and waten systems and sewage piping. 



Eremo dei Frati Bianchi

History of Eremo dei Frati Bianchi

White friars wood
Hermitage restoration

Gloria Focante

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