One very hot hot day we went to the Abbazia di Piona on the Peninsular of Olgiasca on Lake Como again. It's usually serene and tranquil, and it managed to be so even with the building work going on.
The monks were walking about in their robes, which is always quite exciting, if you're from a monk-less country like me.
Pilgrims and Olive trees
You can even buy rosaries made by a monk who fulfills both roles of hermit and exorcist. I was tempted to make a purchase, but I already own a rosary and I don't really do enough praying to warrant a second.