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Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

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Address: 53041, Asciano, Italy
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Great side trip

We arrived by car as a side trip while traveling from Montepulciano to Siena. Pay parking is plentiful however we parked for free at the foot of the entrance road. After walking... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
James F
Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived by car as a side trip while traveling from Montepulciano to Siena. Pay parking is plentiful however we parked for free at the foot of the entrance road. After walking through the draw bridge gate, we proceed down a wide, shady brick walk past the 16th century cistern to the abbey itself. The highlight of our visit was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We came to the abbey on a last minute and unplanned detour - what a treasure it is! It is an incredibly tranquil spot - rosy, brick buildings bathed in sunlight within the cool and shady mountain pine forests. The inlaid choir stalls are beautiful and unusual and the frescoes so interesting, particularly the decorative panels between the narrative paintings.... More 

Thank JBCtwinstars
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

The idea of "reviewing" a place like this seems odd to me; MOM doesn't need my help, it is quite simply one of the wonders of the art world and a spiritual center of other worlds. Just take your time...often, you may even be alone in the hallways where the great frescoes are...notice the extraordinary details, of course, but also... More 

1 Thank Vicarmuddlebush
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Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

A working Monastery that also has its own award winning vineyard. St Benedict started his Order here, the history of their wine is 700 years old. Recommended.

Thank Catriona M
Roseville, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016

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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Reviewed 12 November 2016

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 

Thank DoloresJacoby
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

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 

2 Thank Anuj_Mithani
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Reviewed 31 October 2016

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 

Thank LauraLeeTraveler
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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 

Thank DrAnnaSG
Lititz, Pennsylvania
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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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