Griselda Abbey

Situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Umbria, along the Valnerina, the atmosphere at the Abbey evokes timeless memories.

The abbey was built in the VIII century by Faroaldo II, Duke of Spoleto, who decided to become a monk. His body, among other things, rests in the Abbey Church. The monastery was almost completely destroyed by the Saracens and it was rebuilt by the town of Spoleto in the XI century. The monastery became property of the Lateran Chapter in the fourteenth century and later became property of the Ancajani family. Today the Abbey belongs to the Costanzi family, who, in 1998 restored it, bringing it back to its former glory.

The cloisters of the monastery are surrounded by the fifteenth- century internal halls – these, along with the garden and the refectory can be used for your wedding party. These romantic and suggestive spaces are perfect for cosy gatherings and special events, where you can enjoy your party until the early morning.

The Longobard Church with pre-Giotto frescoes could may be the setting for the religious ceremony. The property can host up to 150 guests. The ancient Benedictine cells now house the elegant rooms that allow you to stay in the charm of mystical silence. The Reading Room and the Chapter Room are the two beautiful rooms for indoor events.


The Abbazia offers some wonderful areas within the complex where to hold every part of your event.
The Large Cloister (13th century) is surrounded on three sides by a two-storey portico with columns and pedestals, while it leans against the church on one side. It is accessed through an entrance with two high reliefs on the thirteenth century door jambs depicting St. Peter and St. Paul. At the centre of the cloister, there is a cylindrical pagan altar from the Roman period decorated with dancing figures that were chiselled away by the monks after its reuse. On the sides of the entrance, there are two symmetrical staircases leading to the first floor. The colonnade on the first floor, which is slimmer and lighter, was probably built later. In the loggia on the first floor there is a fresco representing the Ancajani family coat of arms, a rampant lion and more unintelligible remains from other frescoes. In the architrave of the door of a room connected to the refectory, probably the ancient kitchen, some signs have been engraved, presumably representing the passion of Christ. On the side adjacent to the church, a sundial was placed, presumably moved during restoration work in the 1930s.
The Small Cloister (13th-14th century) on one side bordering the apse of the church, on the other side, there is a well and a steep staircase supported by massive pillars. On the entrance arch to the large cloister are the remains of a late Gothic
fresco depicting the crucifixion of Christ, unfortunately it is impossible to distinguish the exact representation.

The Griselda Abbey has 22 rooms of various types for a total sleeping capacity of 50 sleeping places.
Their charming rooms mostly derive from the old cells where the Benedictine monks of the Prior used to live, or from the lodge, and every room is different from the other: some rooms have a fireplace, others wooden shelves and niches, built-in wardrobes, lobbies or loopholes. The unique, timeless atmosphere of the abbey can be felt everywhere, in every room. You can choose among different kinds of accommodation in every part of the Griselda Abbey.

Room Accomodation:

up to 50 guests

Geographic Area:

Center Italy - Umbria

Guests Accomodation:

up to 150 guests

Suitable for Ceremonies:

Symbolic, Religious