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Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

53041, Asciano, Italy
+39 0577 707611
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Beautiful monastery, picturesque setting

We visited the abbey, en route to Montalcino from Siena having consciously taken a longish detour... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2016
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Beautiful art in scenic area

We had the benefit of being here with a guide, but if you come on your own, find a suitable... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2016
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53041, Asciano, Italy
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Reviewed 31 October 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....More

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Reviewed 31 October 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...More

Thank LauraLeeTraveler
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...More

Thank DrAnnaSG
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...More

Thank Robert L
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
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...More

Thank Beata B
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!

Thank roger h
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,...More

Thank Intenditore
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.

Thank guiritraveller
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!))

Thank Liza S
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Can you tell me what time of day and day of week you visited. We are planning a trip in September and your experience sounds great.
2 February 2017|
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Response from LauraLeeTraveler | Reviewed this property |
I believe our visit was on a Tuesday with Roberto. I remember the pickup was early morning, perhaps 8 or so? It was part of a full day of touring.