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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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Reviews
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  • A must visit the great cloister with paintings by Luca Signorelli and Sodoma. After wandering around looking for a guided tour we bought a description shown in the bookshop of the convent. Comment wonderful to enjoy sitting in front of the frescoes. Unfortunately, at 17 the cloister closed for lack of light I think because the latest comments we had to follow using the light of cellphones.
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  • We were there for dinner and it was great the place eating yummy go there I recommend take a walk around
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  • A place a Giuliana, not easy to get to but maybe is one of many reasons for his appeal. Surrounded by nature and silence you can truly unwind from the stress, to enjoy beautiful scenery and admire a beautiful structure. There is also a cellar that can be visited and you can buy typical products, the guy who acts as a guide is very personable and friendly.
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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.