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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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  • I've visited many abbeys but this trip as I got to visit four within this Tuscan area. There were services happening, so we actually stepped into the cathedral to enjoy the end of a mass. It is a love...  more »
  • Impressive Abbey located in a picturesque place full of greenery. A recommended destination for those who love art and spirituality. Beautiful little castle with a drawbridge in front of the sacred building. Herbal products for sale are priced high average. Only down fall is too rigorous to be able to access in place of prayer, women are required to wear the aprons and black men cannot log on with your shorts too short! In short, bans by the middle ages not justifiable. God does not look like we are clothed, but how did they get our hearts!
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  • Definitely worth the visit. Accommodation in Crete, filled in a wooded area. Around breathtaking panoramas. Very interesting the cloister with a cycle of frescoes on the life of Saint Benedict. Besides the Church with frescoes that are worth, you can visit the library.
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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.
  • nice palce ! the driving way is amazing
  • 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.