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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  • Amid biancane gullies of Crete lies this beautiful Abbey where you find from the restaurant as soon as you arrive at the store for products that make the friars, the wine cellar that always the iro produce, and then the Abbey very beautiful to visit! Very nice are the frescoes in the cloisters! If you happen to drop by! In Christmas time is shown below the church a beautiful crib in motion!
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  • This Abbey is a place where you feel the cathartic detachment from the stress and from the sounds of everyday life. The property is well maintained and pleasant (the visit) hear the monks sing their songs or recite their prayers inside the wooden Choir (of which they appreciate the inlays). Admission is free but not continuous (in the afternoon slot--where it was us-access is at 15.30). Of great importance is the cloister is the library at the end of which there is the pharmacy (not accessible but something you can see). The overall facility-though isolated (more than a dozen kilometres from Asciano)-well worth a visit for those who are passing through the crete senesi.
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  • The road to arrive already well worth the landscapes. The Abbey, haven of peace has a magnificent pictorial cycle in the cloister of Lucas Signorelli. Complements the visit a historic cantina where you can buy oil and wine of the monks. It offers a hotel for spiritual retreats
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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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