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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  • Beautiful and beautiful abbey surrounded by green albeit in the heart of the Sienese crete. Beautiful frescoes of the cloister and charming cellar where you can taste the excellent wines produced .
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  • I was guided by the navigator of the car and, looking around, I began to think that I had wrong to set it: on the surrounding hills there was no structure that could look like an abbey (usually they are always up or perched on some rocky spikes. Then finally the sign. We had arrived but of the Abbey not even the shadow. We look for the guesthouse where we had an appointment with the guide, booked with due advance. They tell us that we are waiting at the entrance of the Church (and who sees it as a church). We walk down the drawbridge and walk through the door. A path, downhill, takes us to the Abbey which is located at the bottom of a conca. Unexpected vision. We meet the guide who leads us first to the visit of the Church (stunning the inlaid choir) then to the cloister. A real masterpiece with frescoes of Lorenzetti and Sodom. Fascinating explanations of our cicero that makes us appreciate details that we would never have grasped and that no guide (written) reports. After the refectory (remarkable), the visit ends with the very rich library. There is no entrance fee or a guide fee: only free offers. It is absolutely to visit but I strongly recommend to do so with the guide (telef. Dino Benincasa 0577.718 567 -meal times). It won't disappoint you. On Sundays at 11 a.m. you can follow the Gregorian Mass. Outside the Abbey there is a shop where you can buy many products and there is also the cellar.
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  • Loved this place. We heard about the Abbey from a local rather than a tourist outlet and we we're so glad we did. The drive up is beautiful, and walking around the grounds even more so. The quiet serenity of the place mixed with the beauty and grandeur of the building itself is spectacular. Highly recommend it to all in Tuscany!
  • What a wonderful stay. Don Lorenzo thank you for everything. We had a relaxing time. God bless you.
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