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“Very Nice Abbey in the Peaceful Hills”

Abbazia di S.Maria di Praglia
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Teolo
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 June 2014

We stopped here after visiting Petrarch's house a few miles away. Beautiful abbey, but unfortunately most of it had to be rebuilt in the 1800s after Napoleon and later the House of Savoy did a lot of damage to it. If you only speak a little Italian pick up an English brochure and you can follow along if your guide speaks no English. Very interesting and super peaceful. I would be climbing the walls in 2 days, but I am not taking the same journey as the religious men who stay there. Nice shop selling lots of agriculture based products from the Abbey. Check the schedule before you go as it only open for tours on a limited schedule.

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

This Abbey is a must do visit . Its a tranquil place of beauty and peace. It has a complicated history of closures , re-openings and near destruction over many hundreds of years of its history. Thankfully it is doing well today , the Benedictine monks are delightful and full of pride in their home. They make all sorts of wonderful things out of herbs , oils and pottery.
The tour ,run by a "don't mess with me and you better pay attention" kind of tour guide brother , ( i think he might have German origins , but he means well ) it is a well informed tour and great insight into how the monks live today and how they survived in times past. He does an exceptional job of the tour of the Abbey .
The gardens are wonderful , the statuary amazing the experience holy.

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Reviewed 16 June 2013

It's an impressive building, in a gorgeous countryside setting. Gardens are very nice, they have many plants and flowers and herbs and the smell is very good. During the Vespers you can sit in church and hear the friars singing: very relaxing. The guide (a friar) is a lovely man. The abbey is better from the outside but the sweetness of the guide makes the visit worth it. Shop is very good: many teas, infusions, herbs and local honey (friars'bees). There is a fountain outside the abbey near the wall of the parking lot: that water is really cold and good to drink (today was a super hot summer day, 30degrees in the shadows-and the water was cold).
Entry is free but you can leave an offer for the abbey (you don't have to as nobody checks, but I think you should). Visit is less than one hour. Toilet is filthy (people are filthy); there is a bar.

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Reviewed 19 February 2013

5 min of driving from Abano, worth to visit. You can feel the spirit of old times there. Good abbey shop with pretty local products

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Reviewed 16 February 2013

The Praglia Abbey is worth a visit. Check their website for visiting hours. Book a conference there and the priest will maybe take you on a more privat tour of the monestary and you might be able to visit the old library, quite a treat.

1  Thank Eberhard M
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