From St. Benedict's birthplace of Norcia in Umbria to Rome and the sacred abbey of Montecassino, there are several different paths to choose from in order to follow the path of the Saint. These routes span across three regions: Umbria, Lazio, and Molise, and offer an emotional exploration of the Saint's life through breathtaking natural scenery and important abbeys and churches. The Way has been divided up into separate areas: Norcia and the Nera, Farfa and the Sabine, Rome and the Aniene Valley, Ciociaria, and the Valley of Volturno. Below are the suggested sites to visit in each area.

 

Norcia and the Nera: The Basilica of St. Benedict in Norcia (built on the location of the building where the twin Saints were born) and the Church of St. Scholastica (where St. Scholastica first organized with nuns before moving to Cassino).

Farfa and the Sabine: Monastery of St. Benedict in Rieti (once a 14th century female monastery), Abbey of St. Pastor in Contigliano (was previously the 13th century monastery of St. Matteo de Insula), Abbey of St. Quircus and St. Giulitta in Micigliano (10th/11th century abbey), Abbey of St. Salvatore Maggiore in Concerviano (first founded in 735 AD), and the Abbey of St. Mary in Farfa (an important monastic centre in the middle ages).

Rome and the Aniene Valley: the Abbey of St. Paul's Outside the Walls in Rome (located alongside the major Catholic Basilica of the same name, a monastic community has existed on this spot since the 5th century), Convent of St. Cosimo in Vicovaro (6th century church and monastery), Sanctuary of the Mentorella in Capranica Prenestina (considered the oldest sanctuary in Italy and was run by the Benedictines of Subiaco from the 9th- 14th centuries), and the Monastery of St. Scholastica and St. Benedict of Sacro Speco in Subiaco (the most ancient Benedictine monastery in the world, is the only remaining monastery of the original twelve founded by St. Benedict around the year 500 AD).

Ciociaria: the Abbey of Casamari (one of the foremost expressions in Italy of the Cistercian Order and of the French Gothic style), Carthusian Monastery of Trisulti in Collepardo (built on the remains of an ancient Benedictine abbey from the year 1000), and the sacred Abbey of Montecassino in Cassino (St. Benedict's abbey he himself founded in the mid 6th century).

Valley of Volturno, Molise: the Abbey of St. Vincent in Volturno at Rocchetta in Volturno (was one of the most important European monasteries under the King Charlemagne, having some 350 monks during the 9th century).