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Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

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Address: 53041, Asciano, Italy
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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... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2016
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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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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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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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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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Reviewed 30 August 2016

On arriving we heard magical gregorian chanting as the monks went about their daily business. The frescoes, particularly those by Il Sodomo, were amazing. Remember to take a donation for the library.

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Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

It's really adorable place, there you can walk in a beautiful garden, eat a delicious meat and enjoyed a nice company of a local grandmothers!))

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Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

Extraordinary wall of frescoes. Would recommend bringing a book that tells you their story as information provided is limited.

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Bangor, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

Its a bit of drive -- but worth the effort The monastery is still working and great! The frescos are beautiful and the history is worth the time THe old library is beautiful. The grounds are lush. Its quiet peaceful interlude! Its not too crowded which is nice as well

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

Beautiful Monastery up in the Hills, not far from Siena, very worth visiting, its free to visitors,the Artifacts inside are simply stunning.

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Mountain View, California
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

The owner of the Buon Gusto Gelateria in Pienza (the best gelato in Italy!) speaks English well and recommended that we visit a monastery near his home town of Chiusa - Monte Oliveto Maggiore. We took his advice and enjoyed an experience equally as satisfying for the eyes and mind as his gelato was to our taste and stomachs. It... More 

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