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Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

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Address: 53041, Asciano, Italy
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The frescoes are magnificent

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 January 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Vicarmuddlebush
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 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 

Thank Newsboymac
West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 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
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Robert L
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Dona C
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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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