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Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, Asciano

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • First of all say that the Abbey is surrounded by a beautiful park with unspoilt nature although I was there today with the rain, good the Benedictine monks to treat and manage this Abbey with objects, furniture, and paintings that describe in a very nice and clear the life of Saint Benedict. The few rooms that I admired and the cloister are not to be missed.
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  • The famous Abbey is located in a Grove overlooking a gorgeous Valley. Can be reached within a few minutes walk and well worth seeing the cloister with frescoes by Sodoma and Church. In the shop the monks offer various local products such as soaps, liquor and so on.
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  • There are places that put strange chills even when the Sun is shining and it's warm. Are places where you got the impression that it was written some history, be it political or religious. Monte Oliveto Maggiore is one of these places and although architectural point of view there has been some concessions to modernism, the whole thing intimidating and attracts at the same time. The Abbey rises leaving the via Cassia and going up to a few kilometers. There is a parking lot next to the microscopic old medieval village overlooking the Abbey. Next to the parking lot a bar restaurant that becomes a point of reference for all those who arrive. The discexsa to the Abbey's steep but can be traveled in two different ways, however cobbled streets and amid a forest more than 100 years in which there are different points of meditation and small caves devoted to Saints. The Abbey you enter for free, even if the times sometimes may not be entirely comfortable. The rest is just that follow the habits of the Benedictine monks who still inhabit the place. The visit includes the Church (beautiful) which is still used for functions and the cloister. Right in the cloister there are veritable marvels, a series of frescoes (with its original caption in vulgar) depicting the legendary life of St. Benedict. Visit the library history of the Abbey and the old pharmacy with its stills. The friars ' refectory still functioning can be admired from outside in his absolute Majesty, with its frescoes and its inlays. Adjacent to the cloister there is a workshop where are sold all products processed by the friars, including liquor and medicines, but also cereal and honey. Of course you can also buy publications and souvenirs, because really that's how is the activity financed the Abbey. The public entrance is free and if there ever is an invitation to leave an offering when you climb into the impressive library.
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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.
  • nice palce ! the driving way is amazing
  • 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.
  • Delicious lunch, amazing art and inlaid wood work in choir. Try to be there at vespers.
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