Abbazia di San Zeno

The earliest evidence of the Church of San Zeno dates from 1029. In the middle ages it is described as standing in an area known as “alle grotte”, because of ancient ruins used as quarries for building materials. There are also several pieces of Roman masonry built into the walls of this church.The Church as we see it today, part of an abbey originally belonging to the Benedictine order of monks, is the result of many alterations, beginning before the 10th century. Archaeological investigations in the 1960s revealed a square-shaped ground plan divided into a nave and two aisles with the later addition of three apses. Parts of the walls of the earlier construction were built intothe 11th ...