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Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

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Address: 53041, Asciano, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0577 707611
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A beautiful abbey in the middle of nowhere

It was off the normal path for us, but we took a long drive from Montipulciano, followed our map and discovered Monte Oliveto Maggiore, a monk’s retreat in the Tuscan Crete area... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Roseville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was off the normal path for us, but we took a long drive from Montipulciano, followed our map and discovered Monte Oliveto Maggiore, a monk’s retreat in the Tuscan Crete area. It was beautifully isolated in the middle of nowhere. It’s an early part of the Olivetan Order and the abbey itself is most interesting. Not many tourist get... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've visited many abbeys but this trip as I got to visit four within this Tuscan area. There were services happening, so we actually stepped into the cathedral to enjoy the end of a mass. It is a lovely town and the abbey is a highlight for sure. It takes some time to walk around the entire abbey but so... More 

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India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited the abbey, en route to Montalcino from Siena having consciously taken a longish detour through the Crete Senesi region. The parking is a fair distance away, so be prepared for quite abit of walking including some slopes, though it’s well worth the effort. While entrance to the abbey is free, do note the opening times posted on the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the benefit of being here with a guide, but if you come on your own, find a suitable guidebook to help with the history of this place. The inlaid wood choir is so beautiful, it's hard to comprehend how they were created. Also take the time to look at the frescoes. Again, our guide provided background on the... More 

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We have visited this place so often and it never ever disappoints.this beautiful old monastery is nestled between the steep slopes of the Crete sense, rolling hills of clay. The buildings are really impressive all built in beautiful small red bricks. There is a lovely library and art gallery which wasn't open this time which was a great shame. Still... More 

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We stopped here on our way from Montepulciano and Siena. We spend an hour or so walking around the grounds. During our visit the monks were called to noon services and we listened briefly to the service. We also visited the olive oil and wine store. We enjoyed the wine later that day in Siena.

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Thank Robert L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Lovely place to stop while in this area of Tuscany. The frescoes are magnificent. Since it is a working monastery, one gets a feeling for monastic life. There is a cellar, with knowledgeable staff, to taste and purchase the wines and olive oils produced there.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

This is a beautiful abbey that is actually still in full function. We enjoyed wonderful inside stories about the abbots who live there (from very young to very old ones) from the friendly guy at the gift shop. I really enjoyed the architecture and rich frescoes telling the stories of how the abbey come about. Being a photographer, I could... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We attended a wedding here in August, fantastic place with lots to see - wedding , in English, was wonderful. So good we came back the next day for a better look around!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This monastery is extremely well preserved and still active. The frescoes are worth at least an hour, full of moral tales of temptation. Library, pharmacy and refectory are beautiful. Finish with a quick meal at the Ristorante La Torre, the best feature being the deserts, excellent chocolate and pistachio cakes. Simon Hanley +447828417512

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