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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  • August 15, 2017
    Wherever you are worth the trip. Here art, nature and spiritualira ' are intertwined. Walk in silence among the tree-lined walkways before entering. And then wonder inside. Enjoy the artwork and breathe the strong spirituality of monastic life even watching their refectory. The return journey between meditation and wonder between the crete senesi. Gorgeous!
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  • August 15, 2017
    Very nice place full of serenity! Very nice discovery for the cellar. Very nice Sommelier. To do!
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  • August 15, 2017
    Beautiful and enchanting Abbey with its beautiful artwork of Tuscan painters since 1300. Beautiful also the library with books ancient and well-preserved. Superb location surrounded by greenery. Good also the herbal products of the friars in Opatija. To visit!
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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
  • 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.

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