How to get there
Chiaravalle Abbey is located in the South Milano agricultural park. For those arriving by car, it is possible to park in via Sant'Arialdo on the right side of the abbey, where there are two parking spaces reserved for disabled parking permit holders; it is also possible to use a free parking lot at about 100 m with 40 parking spaces, 5 of which are reserved for disabled parking permit holders.
The Chiaravalle Abbey can also be reached by public transport: once at the Corvetto stop of the M3 underground line (equipped with lifts), take bus n.77 or get to the Rogoredo stop of the M3 underground line (equipped with lifts) and then take bus n. 140. Buses n.77 and 140 are accessible to wheelchair users, but not all bus platforms are suitably accessible.
For more information for passengers with disabilities, please visit the ATM web page.
Chiaravalle Abbey was founded in the 12th century by San Bernardo di Chiaravalle. Its foundation marked an important moment in the history of Milano: thanks to the reclamation of the surrounding land and the hydraulic works carried out by the monks, this area experienced an extraordinary agricultural and economic development.
The abbey also is one of the first examples of Gothic architecture in northern Italy. In addition to its elegant lines, you can admire the interior frescoes of the church, made between the 16th and 18th centuries by important Milanese artists such as Bernardino Luini and the Fiammenghini brothers. The bell tower, known as the “Cirbiciaccola”, is characterized by hanging arches with worked frames and accompanied by white conical pinnacles. Even today, the bell is manually operated by the monks.
The monastic community was suppressed in 1798 by the Cisalpine Republic wanted by Napoleon Bonaparte and then the Abbey fell into ruin. Restoration works began only in the 19th century and in 1952 Cardinal Ildefonso Schuster allowed the return of a community of monks to the abbey.
The visit includes the church, the cloister and the chapel of San Bernardo.
To visit the old mill it is necessary to book in advance. For more information, please visit: https://www.monasterochiaravalle.it
For more specific information on the history and cultural richness of this area centered on the Abbey of Chiaravalle, please visit the site of the "La Valle dei monaci" project: https: // www.valledeimonaci.org