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. Add Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore to your Asciano travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Asciano trip planner .
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  • Isolated in the surrounding landscape is this ancient 14th century Abbey, surrounded by a large park. In the great cloister there are 36 case studies of St Benedict frescoes, painted by Luca Signorelli and Sodoma around 1500, a masterpiece of Tuscan Renaissance. As a curiosity search the self-portrait of Sodom in the scene "As St Benedict binding the capistero it was broken" and portraits ever painted by Sodoma, by Luca Signorelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli (young) in the scene "as St. Benedict receives two giovinetti Mauro and placid ". To help you see the attached photos.
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  • Is a Benedictine monastery along the way of the crete senesi, a few kilometres from Asciano. The complex is wonderful and you can not miss a visit to the cloister and the old pharmacy of the friars. The religious ceremony accompanied by the choirs of the friars is an experience to try.
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  • This Benedictine monastery is located in a beautiful Crete are of Tuscany. The frescos are in the Cloister, and you can visit the church which is adjacent.  more »
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  • Great views and a delightful property. I'd spend 30 to 40 minutes. Park at the top/end of the road. €1 per hour. There is a cafe at the gatehouse but did not stop for refreshments. Looked niced. Warning: may seem like a safe place in the middle of nowhere but fellow travelers parked outside the property and returned 10 minutes later (realized they could park at the top) only to find their car window broken and a bag taken.
  • 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.
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  • What a great place, a sense of calm is evident as soon as you enter and the frescoes alone are worth the visit.
  • 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.

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