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Escorted Rail Tours to Serra San Bruno

Immersed within the forests which cover the hills and valleys in the centre of the Calabrian Peninsula is the small town of Serra San Bruno - 'San Bruno's Greenhouse'. The town grew up alongside a beautiful Carthusian monastery, hidden away within the nearby forest. La Certosa di Serra San Bruno was established here in 1091, although it was most recently rebuilt in 1900 in its current Gothic style, having been destroyed by a series of devastating earthquakes which hit the region. The most severe and destructive earthquake occurred in 1783, when much of Serra San Bruno and the monastery was ruined.

The town and monastery are named after St Bruno of Cologne, founder of the Carthusian Order in 1054 and the Grand Chartreuse near Grenoble. St Bruno died in Serra San Bruno in 1101. The Old Town of Serra San Bruno, known as the Terravecchia ('Old Land') has a collection of pretty 18th century Baroque churches and delightful two-storey houses.

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The Beauty of Calabria

After discovering the sights of Turin and Rome, we explore the incredible coastal scenery and enchanting cliff-top towns at the southern tip of the Italian mainland. This undiscovered region of exquisite natural beauty looks out at the alluring island of Stromboli, home to one of the world's most active volcanoes.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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