Abbazia di S. Maria di Praglia

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Abbazia di S. Maria di Praglia

Abbazia di S. Maria di Praglia
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy5,521 contributions
Dec 2019
I found myself back in the area after a few years.

The complex includes the church itself, garden, bar, restaurant and shop where products the monks have made are sold (wine, honey, etc.)

The complex is walled and we had a very pleasant stroll round the walls and out into the countryside.

In the middle of nowhere - and this is part of the attraction - so realistically you need your own vehicle to get there. Large car parks.
Written 15 December 2019
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betteskid
Boston, MA928 contributions
Oct 2019
I visited here on a recent trip to the area. There is a tour led by one of the monks that takes you through the cloisters and into the chapel. The area is beautiful, surrounded by vineyards and the chapel is quite beautiful. The monk who led our tour was very well-informed about the history of the abbey and gave us a lot of information. I enjoyed the tour and the visit.
Written 16 October 2019
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Thomas Ozbun
Vicenza, Italy982 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
The first thing which appears to the visitor is the imposing church, with a large staircase leading up to the entrance. The whole monastery was built around the 11th and 12th centuries, however it was fully refurbished in the 15th and 16th centuries giving it the look we now see. We entered the church first since we still had 20 minutes before the tour began. The inside was quite nice with a few frescoed chapels, and nicely frescoed central dome and main altar. After looking around for a while we headed out and towards the main cloister, the Rustic cloister since it was used to store the utensils to work the land, where the tour was going to start. A mid aged monk was our guide for the day and started to tell us the history of the monastery, he didn't seem quite happy though (typical of most monks) but was really prepared. From the main cloister we moved on to the smaller Botanical Cloister, which was used to grow the plants and medicines necessary to the monastery. There was a really nice and well kept garden, all around surrounded by late Gothic, early Renaissance arches and windows. We then climbed up a stair to reach the wonderful Hanging Cloister, since it was built on the second floor, with a monumental well at its center. Around it are concentrated all the main rooms and activities of the monastery such as the Chapter house, where the monks gathered to discuss, and the Refectory, where the monks had their meals, with beautiful wooden seats from the 18th century and just outside next to the entrance two beautiful 16th century basins made of marble. Just next to the cloister, was a splendid loggia looking out towards the surrounding fields and hills. The monastery also houses a really important library, declared a National Monument, which used to create important books and it still does so today, being it the reason why we couldn't visit that part so as not to disturb the monks during their work
Written 12 December 2018
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy5,521 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
This is a beautiful abbey in the middle of the countryside. We visited the church, the shop where homemade products are sold, the garden, and then wandered behind the abbey past the long walls of the complex into the countryside. There are great views and you can imagine how the community uses the large spaces within the walls to grow their own food.
Written 2 April 2017
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Gilli F
Vicenza, Italy14 contributions
Aug 2016
This was my first experience of touring a monastery. I went with an Italian friend and we took the guided tour in Italian with a young monk. The Italian was a bit rapid for me but I understood enough to appreciate what I saw and it was really worth the 40 odd kilometres we traveled from Vicenza. I love the fact that the monks work the land and they have bee hives; lots of bee hives. There were cats lazing around in the garden and that's a good sign as far as I am concerned. You can visit the shop on the premises and buy the products including wine, honey and cosmetics and the prices are reasonable.

Written 19 August 2016
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CatherineBath
Bath, UK316 contributions
Oct 2015
Free guided tours in the afternoons. We were fortunate to just have the two of us with a lovely monk. He spoke no English, so he thoughtfully guided us keeping the explanations fairly straightforward( we can understand a lot but only speak cafe/shop/station Italian). When we arrived it was very peaceful, with a lovely Church as well as the cloisters. when we left the gift shop was heaving with folks waiting for a tour. It has to be aself sufficient Abbey so they rely on purchases of organic toiletries/wine/ aperitifs made form Abbey produce. A highlight of the trip and a great palate cleanser after the overwhelming frescoes in Padua.
Written 10 November 2015
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TheHatters2011
Stockport, UK57 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
This didn't start out too well as the actual opening times on the website may not correspond with those on the website - so we arrived an hour early and everyone we asked looked blank (that could have been because of our Italian, of course!) The obligatory tour is conducted in Italian but the chapter house, refectory and cloisters are quietly beautiful although the church itself is quite plain There is also a shop with lots of herbal/bee products available as well as the abbey's own wine.
Written 17 October 2015
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Adrian Y
Leiden, The Netherlands585 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
The outside of the church next to the abbey might not be very appealing. However, the regular guided tour - in Italian only - of the abbey's interior is very good. On weekdays, the monk's living quarters can be visited too.
The shop has lots to but too - the 'house' white wine is very dry.
PS - double check the visiting times. There is a difference between summer and winter time as the visiting hours are adjusted to the daily routine of the monks - not the other way round...
Written 5 August 2015
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Alexander_626
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands88 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
One would easily drive by. Don't do that, just park your car and climb the stairs to the church. Enjoy the sight seeing in and out the church. And don't leave without a visit to the shop where their home made honey, candy and teas are sold. Support this community!
Written 19 August 2014
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EmanueleL81
Rome, Italy45 contributions
Jul 2014 • Business
It is very quiet..big and it is all the monumental semplicity of a religious and natural church and abbey.
Written 30 July 2014
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