St Benedict’s Church and Educandato

St Benedict’s Church, today no longer used for worship but to hold exhibitions and concerts, was built in late Baroque style in 1771 in place of a previous church dating back to the 1500s. For three centuries, until 1807, Benedictine nuns used to bring up and educate girls in the adjoining convent, now a State Boarding School (EducandatoStatale), located inside the walls for security reasons, in line with other Benedictine boarding schools for girls. San Benedetto boarding school, as a public institution for female education, is included in the list of EducandatiReali (Royal Boarding Schools), a title that a Royal Decree of 1929 attributed only to very few institutions. Even today the only Italian Educandati are located in Montagnana, Milan, Udine, Verona, Florence and Palermo.

Church of the Madonna di Fuori