Torba Monastery (Monastero di Torba) Tours

The Torba Monastery is nestled in the woods near the Castelseprio Archaeological Park, and is part history and part legend.

Some of the structures date from the 5th century, when this was part of a Roman military post. A group of Benedictine nuns added the monastery to the existing buildings in the 8th century, and a small church was added in the 11th century. The site has been open to the public since 1986.

There are some wonderful frescoes visitors to see in the monastery buildings, some of which date from the 9th century. In one area, three “faceless nuns” can be seen - their figures remarkably well-preserved, but their faces completely devoid of paint. There are legends and stories about these figures, including that their gestures are sending a secret message or that the spirits of those three nuns still haunt the area.

Guided tours of the Torba Monastery are available with advance booking, or you can simply buy an entrance ticket and explore the site on your own.

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The tower at the monastery is one of the best-preserved structures from the ancient Roman era.
Address: Torba, Via Stazione, Castelseprio, Italy
Hours: W-Su - 10am-6pm (Mar-Sep), 10am-5pm (Oct-Nov & 2nd half of Feb)
Admission: €5 adults, €2.50 children ages 4-14
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Torba Monastery Entry Ticket

Save time for more sightseeing by booking your tickets to the Monastery of Torba in advance. One of Italy’s most fascinating attractions, the ancient Roman military post became a hermitage for Benedectine nuns before being abandoned in the 15th century by Longobard monks. Bypass the wait for admission tickets and head inside to discover the 11th-century church as you explore the site’s painstaking restoration.
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