Monasticism is a term that derives from the Greek word monachos, which means a solitary person, but the reality is that monks were far from solitary creatures. Monasteries played a huge role in the development and support of communities. They fed the poor, housed travellers, nursed the sick, promoted learning and preserved the classics of ancient literature. Our itinerary takes in some of the most important sites in Europe. Discover how they are forever weaved into our rich history.