Italian monastery turns into hotbed of Bannon-fueled nationalism

For many, the decision to live in an all-but-abandoned 13th century monastery atop a mountain in a foreign country with no cell phone reception and only a grounds keeper, an octogenarian monk and 19 feral cats for company would not be an obvious lifestyle choice.

Add to that the second protest in three months planned for Saturday of locals and other activists wanting you gone, and you just might have a few regrets.

But not Benjamin Harnwell, the 43-year-old former British parliamentary assistant and Catholic convert who last year moved into the crumbling Trisulti Charterhouse perched above the town of Collepardo, a two-hour drive south-east of Rome.

The German’s sure spend a lot of time worrying about the fragility of the EU.

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