..cont’d from part 1
After the Middle Ages, the Abbey played an important role in the economic development of this area just north of Rome. During the Renaissance, the Orsini (a powerful aristocratic family) reconstructed a new monastery on the site, with shops built surrounding it to accommodate merchants.
These structures and the shops of which they were a part remain in use today. On the first Sunday of each month, shops are open and antiques and crafts are sold. Musical concerts are held throughout the year, attesting to the ongoing site as a place of prayer, conviviality, and celebration.