Sigeric the Serious: Via Francigena, Turreiner (Torrenieri), Circa 990 AD

Submansio XIII – Turreiner

The neighbouring benedictine monastery of sant’Antimo had authority over 38 churches, from Pisa to Grosseto. There was possibly one in Torrenieri in 990. The Order of Saint Benedict is a confederated congregations of monks who follow the rule of life of St. Benedict (480-547), a moderate path summed up in their motto pax (peace), and a balanced regimen of prayer and manual work.

Monastic brewing was popular in Europe during the Middle Ages. We are not sure whether the monks at Sant’Antimo had traditionally brewed their beer back then. Nevertheless, when they reopened the doors of the monastery of Sant’Antimo in 1992, the new premonstratensian monks also revived the beer making process as one of the daily activities.

In the previous stages of the trip, we have seen Sigeric walked an average of 18km a day (11miles/day). Since he arrived in Val d’Orcia, he slowed down to walking about 8km a day (5miles/day). Did the bishop get a little fatigued by the hilly landscape of Tuscany? Did he have business to attend? Did he discover the ancestor of the Brunello di Montalcino?

For our information: the Brunello di Montalcino is a type of Sangiovese that wine critics rave about! The high tannin content and acidity extend the life of the Brunello di Montalcino, which reaches perfection no earlier than a decade after harvest.young-brunello-vs-old-brunello-di-montalcino-wine.jpg



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