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“If you are in the area it is worth seeing”

Abbazia Greca di San Nilo
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429 reviews
79 attraction reviews
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“If you are in the area it is worth seeing”
Reviewed 17 July 2013

I was the only visitor while I was there but the church is wonderful with a Greek influence. The grounds are beautiful and I am glad I visited.

Visited July 2013
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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446 reviews
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 9 December 2012

The abbey is quite beautiful & so ornate in the byzantine tradition. There is part of a roman aqueduct which you can just spy through the gates (but this may be only when the gates are open) The church itself is wonderful. There is often a large market at the bottom of the road that the Abbey is on.

Visited August 2012
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Canberra, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
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“Off the Tourist Route”
Reviewed 17 May 2012

Settled high in the hills of Rome, next to Grottaferratta's town centre and surrounded by urban life the Abbazzia Greca di San Nilo sits behind formidable in-tact medieval battlements.

At the location one will find, the church, a monastery and well ordered and detailed medieval battlements. You'll also find a prominent view of the surroundings.

The Abazzia itself pre-dates the battlements, being built in the 11th century while the battlements were order later by the papacy nearer the middle ages. The Abazzia is a mostly Byzantine creation and supports an order of Greek Christian tradition. In the 20th century the abbey was restored closer to it's original form being stripped of the embellishments of the renaissance and later eras - although traces remain in its interior.

The Abbey is clearly off the tourist map and is principally focussed on it's historic role as a church and monastery. With the exception of the church the site is maintained rather than restored. The Abbey, however, welcomes public access.

Getting to the Abbey can be challenging unless you are well familiar with Rome and it's surroundings. There is no train service that we are aware of, the buses need some research, a taxi fare is expensive and it takes confidence and nerve to drive in Rome. We chose the latter after spending a month driving the cities of Italy.

If you decide to visit the Abbey you'll find it's proximity to the old town centre useful. There are a number of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants within 200 meters of the battlements. Street parking is available although it is in high demand.

To make the most of the day we'd suggest combining a visit to the Abbey with a prior trip to Casa Di Papa (two hills away) and take an evening meal or afternoon drink at Grottaferratta.

Visited May 2012
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