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Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

53024 Castelnuovo Dell'abate, Italy
39 0577 835659
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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We travel to Italy 2-3 times a year, and this is one of our favorite sites to visit. Just a few miles south of Montalcino (and visible from its walls) lies the thousand-year-old Abbey of Sant’Antimo. Founded as a Benedictine monastery, it is now used by an order of priests from France . The architecture is remarkably preserved, the grounds... More

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We went about 15 minutes before one of the shorter Gregorian Chants (about 15 minutes early) and had a chance to explore the grounds and the Abbey before the tour buses showed up with their clients. The Abbey is located in a beautiful countryside setting and the drive there is wonderful in itself. But definitely plan ahead and time your... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I always attend the Gregorian chant mass (10am, except Sunday when I think it is at 11am) when I am in the area. Very relaxing and inspiring. The building is from the 11th Century and has been restored in the last 25 years by a group of French monks. Hang out after mass to explore the church and the grounds.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

Gregorian chanting and numerous praying sessions to view at this 9th century abbey. Check out prayer times in advance if you can.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

The abbey of Sant Antimo is based on 9th century church, rebuilt in 12th century (still pretty old, is it not?). A large Romanesque church, built on the ancient pilgrim road has a beautiful, calm atmosphere inside, Impressive place of meditation force I strongly recommend to visit during wine and nature trips in Tuscany.

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Lenoir City, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We went to the Abby to see the full mass. The majority of the mass was done in chant by the monks. Approximately 8 participated. We arrived about 15 minutes early and saw one of the shorter chants, which had few participants. The full mass lasted about one hour, but was a better experience.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

Finally.... a barebones ceilinged church. Lovely Romanesque exterior composition appears like an extension of earth upwards to the belltower. Occasional olive trees, cypresses and vineyards punctuates the scenery, pretty much a painter's canvas. Inside is simply adorned. Every light that peers through the window sums up the experience here.....tranquil and sublimal.

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We travelled for about 45 minutes from the home we rented in Tuscany to hear the Gregorian chant of the monks. The setting is lovely and we enjoyed the short service. We also hiked up the nearby trail and visited two wineries. A nice change of pace during our trip.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We were staying at Castello Di Velona, just about 5 minutes away so how could we not stop here. The setting is amazing as you drive close by and look down into the valley to see this beautiful church. We walked the grounds enjoying the surrounding vines and olive trees while looking at the details of the building. We then... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Visiting the Abbey was the high point of my trip to Italy. The quietness of the countryside, the long walk from our lodging, Locando Sant Antimo, perfectly layed the ground for a moving celebration of the Lord's supper with the 6 monks who conducted the service. I was able to attend several of the daily offices because my friend and... More

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