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Built by three lay founders, it was inhabited for a short time by the Cistercian fathers.

According to tradition, the Cistercians abandoned the monastery in the early fourteenth century, to join the confreres of Sermoneta. The Valvisciolo abbey area became the cause of conflict between the secular community.

Today, of the Valvisciolo Abbey only the ruins of a church tower remian, part of the abbey walls and the church in honour of St. Stephen Martyr.

Near the abbey one of the fishermen’s pools has been reactivated, in which the brothers, who could not feed on meat, bred fish. Lower down there are traces of the conduit of water of the Fota, from Roman times.