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Abbazia di San Galgano

localitaSan Galgano -Palazzetto - | Chiusdino (SI), 53012 Siena, Italy
0577 756 738
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Ranked #4 of 56 Attractions in Siena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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Athens, Greece
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

It was very difficult organizing to get there as there is only one bus daily that connects the place with Siena (nr 122) departing at 13.45 and no return. As a result we had to call a taxi from Siena to return us back on the same day which cost around 65 Euro. BUT it was completely worth it! The... More

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Central America
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Little hidden treasure! Pictures are great, no matter which angle you take them from... Lovely Sunday Catholic Mass in the chapel next to the abbey!

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

having wandered around this 13th century Abbey you then climb up to the unique domed chapel on the hillside above where legend has it that a 12th century soldier plunged his sword into a stone to mark the end of his warrior ways. This was after St. Michael appeared to him, ordering him to renounce his warlike ways and become... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

We visited this place for the second time. The abbey is beautifully laid out in fine Tuscan scenery and a definite "must visit" along with the Albergo/Agriturismo next to it that serves some fine local snacks. Feels like a paradise.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We cycled downhill from Pentolina resort to San Galagano. The abbey is quite imposing, even without a roof!. The cycle back uphill was tough. Tuscany is hilly...be warned if you are planning to cycle...and beautiful countryside - perfect for cycling!

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Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Reasonable well preserved ruin set in wooded valley with small chapel nearby/ Great views from chapel.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Easy day trip from nearby Siena if you have a car though I assume it would be included in a tour from Siena. The site itself is set in a peaceful place and it was very relaxing walking around it. The church itself doesn't have a roof so is open to the sky. Make sure you take the five minute... More

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Siena, Toscana, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

To view the sky above the open arches of the San Galgano abby is truly breathtaking. A magical place.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you are going to Tuscany, take the time to visit this little gem. The best way to experience this wonderful place is during the summer opera festival: you can go in the evening, listen to beautiful opera, and just look at the sky and the stars...

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This makes a wonderful destination for a half-day out from Siena. When you are exhausted by all those Tuscan hill-towns, which begin to resemble one another, come here for peace and restoration! The Cistercian foundation dates back to the 13th century, and originally covered a large area; and what mainly remains now are the substantial ruins of a huge church... More

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