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Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Asciano

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Enjoy the beautiful and well-kept red-brick buildings of Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, a Benedictine monastery atop a scenic Tuscan hill. In the great cloister, view the frescoes painted by Luca Signorelli and Il Sodoma detailing the life of St. Benedict. Visit the monastery’s pharmacy to buy natural and ancient medicines. Stop into the tasting room to sample the monastery’s wines, grappa, and olive oil. Attend a mass to hear the monks performing a Gregorian chant. Before you head to Asciano, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Asciano travel itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Asciano has to offer, including Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore.
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  • We arrived on the advice of the Lady of our bed and breakfast, lovely place, if you get peeks the friars ' regettorio ... It seems to be in the "name of the rose"
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  • I visited the Abbey with no special expectations but the building and the location really affect the visitor. The building is kept very well; admission is free and you can visit the Church, the cloister, refectory, library, an exhibition of paintings, the Park around, herbal medicine and the ancient cellar. It is surrounded by nature and if you are in the area well worth exploring. Parking costs € 1/ora and there is the possibility to eat in the restaurant at the entrance. It is also easily accessible for people with disabilities. This is a place that brings much peace and quiet and from where you can admire the beautiful landscape of the crete senesi. Lovely frescoed cloister. I would definitely stay there again.
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  • It's worth visiting this beautiful place full of "religiosity" and peace to walls frescoes by Signorelli and Sodoma that leave open-mouthed let x beauty x the quality of preservation. In the Interior the choir is something fantastic, all partially inlaid by a monk with a fine technique to leave you speechless! Throughout this place exudes peace and tranquility in practice a very special visit.
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  • What an amazing, peaceful beautiful place! We stayed two nights and wish we could have stayed longer. Our room had the most enchanting view. The art collection in the actual monastery was incredible. The winery store was very interesting and the winery manager Lucca was a pleasure to chat with. This is a MUST for anyone searching for a monastery adventure.
  • What a great place, a sense of calm is evident as soon as you enter and the frescoes alone are worth the visit.
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  • Delicious lunch, amazing art and inlaid wood work in choir. Try to be there at vespers.
  • Definitely worth a visit. Parked then got lunch in restaurant nearby. Food nice. Abbey reopened about 3. Spent about 2 hours looking round some of the oldest good condition frescos to be found. Worth a generous donation before you leave as they don't charge an entry fee.The chapel feels very spiritual.