The Staffarda Abbey: Piedmont's crown jewel

Jan 09, 2020 170

Welcome to Staffarda di Revello, in the province of Cuneo, Piedmont. The Staffarda Abbey (Abbazia Santa Maria di Staffarda, in Italian) was built here in the 12th century, on land Manfred I, Marquis of Saluzzo, donated to the Cistercian monks so they could start reclaiming the surrounding countryside and thus spur the economic development of the area.

Soon, Staffarda became a flourishing economic hub for agriculture and food processing, as well as a leading political and social center in the region. Today, the Romanesque-style complex includes the monastery, nine farmhouses and a wonderful medieval church that stands out for the two contrasting colors of its materials.

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