Among the many leaderships that the Marche region boasts, it also has to be reckoned that it has been among the first geographical areas of the peninsula to have accepted the phenomenon of Monasticism, a spiritual movement born in the East in the third century. A.D. spread in the West as early as the sixth century. thanks to the charismatic personality of S. Benedetto from Norcia: his Rule, indeed, the first real written constitution of Monasticism, based on work dignity and prayer sanctity, is the start of a new way of life that will have enormous spread in Europe and will be one of the pillars in the formation of Western civilization. Facilitated by the accessibility of valley trails, from Foglia to Tronto rivers, already since the 7th and 8th centuries Marche were populated by coenobies and monasteries, often within a short walking distance to one another along the routes followed by the first pilgrims who came to Rome.
A decisive boost to the spread of the movement is given by the building of many abbeys that stand as true bulwarks of faith and religion, at the same time giving rise to layout and economically organized cells, characterised by strong social and cultural contents within the slow and complex process of formation of Medieval society. Strengthened by this historical excellence, the Marche Region has launched a project entitled Monasticism in the Marche region. A journey to the roots of European civilization, underlining the presence of common artistic, cultural and environmental elements, which refer to the phenomenon of Benedictine monasticism.