Romuald of Ravenna, Saint (c.952–1027) was an Italian hermit who was instrumental in the foundation of the Camaldolese order of monks. Born into a noble family in Ravenna, he left his original monastic home of Sant’Apollinare in Classe to embark on a more ascetical life. He founded dozens of monasteries and hermitages (often in combination) throughout northern Italy, thereby earning the patronage of Emperor Otto III and playing a major role in the revival of Italo-Latin hermitism.