In the valley where the river Corace rolls in silence , stroking like a silver thread the green hills , there are lonely the ancient walls of the Abbey of Santa Maria di Corazzo , suspended on the grass to echo a prosperous and glorious past .

The Abbey, founded in the eleventh century by the Benedictines in the vicinity of the river Corax in Calabria, soon became the favorite vehicle of the spread of the Latin liturgical South until it assumed in 1157 , after nearly a century of life , the reform of the Cistercian Bernard of Clairvaux.

It was precisely the white Cistercian monks , austere and sober , to determine the final economic takeoff and spiritual Abbey.

They tilled the fertile lands around the monastery , they raised sheep and planted several small "factories" , making Corazzo a real "City of God " , fully self-sufficient thanks to the work of the monks and their ingenuity and hard work especially in the period in whose abbot was (about ten years) Joachim Celico ( for posterity Joachim of Fiore ) Italian theologian and writer who was abbot from 1177 until 1187.

Subsequently, other abbots including Stephen Ceccano took turns at the helm of Corazzo , but none of them managed to keep the spirit and splendor of the years of Joachim.