Recently rehabilitated and partly restored by the municipal administration, the former Convento di Santa Maria delle Grazie di Bonefro is a structure of great charm.
The freshly renovated and picturesque cloister, and the unique beauty of the local rock used for its construction in the XVI century, make this peculiar building stand on its own.
The convent is also characterized by its wide and luminous spaces ranging from a main salon (part of the former church) to the rooms on the first floor, which today are destined as accommodation for guests, and the beautiful terrace overlooking the rooftops of the village.
In 1809, when the last monks departed, the building became a municipal property and over time it was used as a barrack, a prison, and a school.
Particularly special to I Viaggi dell’Origano, the former convent is today a cultural and historical reference point since it is home to the archive of Tina Modotti–one of the greatest photographers of the last century–and the Ethnographic Museum, which collects scenes of farmers and artisan life.
Thanks to the redevelopment project, its small size, as well as its simple and cosy environment, the former convent is one of the most suitable structures for hospitality and guest accommodation in countryside tourism. In addition, it can also be used by youth and children to hold community activities, or for pilgrims in spiritual retreats.
Here it is possible to celebrate parties – even private ones – organize events and set up different activities such as cooking lessons, language conversations, multi-themed festivals, contests or workshops. Thanks to I Viaggi dell’Origano, tourists can live exciting and genuine experiences, immersing themselves in the local culture and increasing their curiosity to know more.
Finally–for those passionate about contemporary photography–within a few steps of the convent, the Palazzo Miozzi is found. In here, the photographic exhibition dedicated to Tony Vaccaro, a famous photographer with Bonefro roots, can be found. In his work, Vaccaro has been able to freeze and tell the story of contemporary reality through shots of rare mastery.