The fathers of the desert from Syria came here in the V century to the thick of the forest of the Castorian valley. The first monastery was built on the original settlement in the “sponga” stone caves, to become the cradle of western monasticism, where monk Eutizio became abbot after having conducted his life as a monk together with Fiorenzo. The Church extended in 1236 when the Abbey represented a Benedectine centre of prime importance, has preserved its original façade, polished by a Romanesque-Spoleto style rose window. The splendid natural surroundings as well as the architectural beauty of the building make this a wonderful destination to visit. From here, visitors can go to charming travels in nearby Norcia on the footsteps of St Benedict. The peculiarity of St. Eutizio is also linked to the medicinal arts of monks, which were applied to the Benedectine order for the cure of sick and ill, and which they would teach to the inhabitants of nearby villages, giving life to the Preci school of Surgery.