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It suddenly appears to the visitor with its soaring bell tower in the green plain and reveals unexpected treasures of art and history.

The origin of the Abbey dates back to the 6th-7th centuries, when a Benedictine settlement arose on what was the Insula Pomposia, a wooded island surrounded by two river branches and protected from the sea.

After the year 1000, its heyday began and it became a flourishing monastic centre devoted to a life of prayer and work, whose fortunes were linked to the figure of Abbot St Guido.

The Pomposian monastery welcomed illustrious personalities of the time, including Guido d’Arezzo, the monk who invented musical writing based on the seven-note system.

Those who love ancient art should not miss the opportunity to admire in the basilica of St. Mary one of the most precious fresco cycles in the entire province, inspired by Giotto, and the beautiful mosaic floor with inlays of precious marble dating from the 6th to 12th century.