The Borgo’s history
Around the year 1444 a small Benedictine Monastery was built “extra Moenia”, meaning “outside the walls”, and over time a settlement grew, creating a “small village (borgo)” at the foot of Assisi, a hospitality outpost of the town.
Borgo evokes tradition, a way of living in fraternal communion, in a synergic and sustainable manner.
It feels intimate, friendly, and reserved.
The location had terraced gardens farmed by sharecroppers at the service of the monks.
We chose the word “antichi” (ancient) because they were medieval and also to evoke genuine tradition and experience traits. The monastic orders, in particular the Benedictine one, played a fundamental cultural and sanitary role.
Furthermore the Benedictine order, relying on the traditional medical knowledge (medicine science of first Universities, Corporation of Physicians and Apothecaries) carried out in-depth research to produce highly efficient medicaments.
The monks, great connoisseurs and practitioners of medicinal herbs, redacted annotated catalogues, called Hortuli, of all the cultivated and used herbs.
We could have named the place after Saint Francis but that would have misled the attention to the history of the place toward the Franciscan Order, while in fact, the location belonged for centuries to the Benedictine monks.
Assisi embodies the mystical and religious history of the two most famous orders in Christianity: Benedictines and Franciscans; thus Assisi alone evokes a point of intersection between the orders and the geographical locus.