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The hermits of Camaldoli were founded by St Romuald–a Benedictine monk– in the mountains of central Italy in 1012.

It is the home base of the Camaldolese Monastic order. I visited Camaldoli in the summer of 1987 during my hitch hiking pilgrimage from England to the Holy Land.

It was a long hike up the mountain before finally arriving at the guesthouse in the wooded area secluded on the mountaintop.

The Camaldolese have houses around the world. The New Camaldoli Hermitage is their main outpost in the USA. It is in the Santa Lucia mountains of Big Sur, California.

The Road to New Camaldoli in California

The Road to New Camaldoli in California