The Monte Pacis looks like a palace, like a luxury hotel, but there is something even greater inside — a functioning monastery. Since monasteries have high standards, only a measure of comforts are provided. However, you won’t care because the scenery and the experience is powerful. The massive courtyard, surrounded by trees, welcomes you to the woody sanctuary. It was originally built for Camaldolese monks in the 1600s and to this day much of the original construction and architecture remains. Inside, there are three parts to the establishment, one for public events and the others for accommodation and services. The construction of the place is impressive, with its old world window shutters and oak furniture, as well as canopy beds and heated floors. This is a hotel that sacrifices grandiose décor, but the comfort level is still high-end. The most interesting rooms are theme rooms dedicated to former guests of the monastery and while they are ascetically designed, they still offer great views of the natural backdrop. Although you’re living “modestly” you can expect perks like mini-bars, Wi-Fi, bathrobes and marble bathroom showers. This is a wonderful cultural attraction in addition to its comforts.