Pomposa Abbey in Codigoro, Italy

A Romanesque bell tower dominates the horizon of a gently rolling Italian countryside like a beacon, beckoning travelers to explore the 1,000-year-old Pomposa abbey. It’s a historic spot, one that’s too often overlooked by tourists. The abbey walls, which are garnished with beautiful artwork, witnessed the birth of modern musical notation, thanks to a monk named Guido.

Guido of Arezzo was an 11th-century Benedictine monk and Italian music theorist. During his time at the abbey, he...

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