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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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  • Take a nice drive up to this remote location and you won't be disappointed. HINT: Do check opening times, you need to arrive early or after 3pm because the site is usually closed between noon & 3pm. C...  more »
  • You'll need perhaps an hour or so for the visit. We toured the church, the grounds and library on a Sunday so there were lots of people but certainly not crowded.  more »
  • Very peaceful monastery, not too far from Siena. Car park isn't very big, so if arriving in peak season, I'd advise to arrive at opening time. Good views from across the valley (on the road approachin...  more »
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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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  • 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.
  • Delicious lunch, amazing art and inlaid wood work in choir. Try to be there at vespers.