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Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Asciano

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Religious Site
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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  • Beautiful this Abbey in the midst of trees that you truly brings a sense of peace. The frescoed cloister is wonderful. Now you can visit the refectory and the library. All for free, if you want you can leave an offer for the maintenance of this site. Beautiful also the ancient cellar where we bought some delicious red wine. Recommended visit.
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  • Wonderful this Abbey that stands between trees. From breathless for the frescos of the cloister, the Majesty of the library for the inlay of the wooden choir. All without paying an entrance fee but with free offer. Just a pity the closing time at 12.00 but just knowing it and organize to time. Not to be missed!
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  • the visit is free but there are some people you can visit the Abbey. It is a place of prayer. The monks are available. Then on this occasion you can buy excellent red wine at an affordable price.
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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.