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Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

Address: 53024 Castelnuovo Dell'abate, Italy
Phone Number: 39 0577 835659
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Campinas, SP
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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

Maybe it was because it was raining, maybe because of the touristy feeling with all the groups that were arriving, even after the chant had already began, doing a little bit of noise to sit down. Or maybe I just expected too much. Don't get me wrong, the place is beautiful and the chant as well, but it didn't get... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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34 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

A 12th century Benedictine monastery restored in the 1800's, the abbey became active again in the 1990's. Today it is a wonderful example of what is so unique about Italian history in Tuscany -- a perfect blend of Classical, Gothic and Romanesque architecture set on sublime landscapes of breathtaking beauty. The location is a photographer's paradise. The exterior façade is... More

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Durban, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This Abbey is a step back in time with tranquil surroundings and a huge towering Cypress tree next to and almost as tall as the building which makes an awesome photo. The Romanesque church was built during the 12th century to enlarge the pre-existant monastery. It is one of the few places in Italy where one can listen to the... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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67 reviews 67 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Built over an 8th century chapel, this fine example of 11th century Gothic architecture is lovely in a beautiful setting. A great day hike from Montalcino (take the bus back) for the energetic--3 to 4 hours through wine country and back wood trails--some highway walking.

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Adelaide, Australia
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15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This abbey is a short drive from Montalcino, and as per all the other parts of the Val d'Orcia region, the view from the Abbey and driving towards the Abbey is absolutely breathtaking. Though the best views are definitely a bit further from the abbey itself. If you are in Montalcino,this abbey is worth the visit.

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

This old church from the 9th century is much interesting to visit, to go inside and even to listen to the gregorian songs. But the strongest impression made it to us when we just saw it from the little shop. The church down in the valley just gave us a feeling of serenity, a feeling which no other building has... More

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

If you are in Monalcino, you have to visit this Abbiazia. This is a great piece of history / monument of architecture - and living catolic church. At certain hours the monks are singing the prayers in the ancient church. Very recommended place !!

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The church, grounds, surrounding landscape is the perfect picture of old world Italy. We stayed in a villa a short walk from the Abbey. Walked there and took many pictures. The architecture is Amazing. Time well spent. Has postcards and other items for small donations....

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Andover, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The Abbey of Sant'Antimo is one of a few places that genuinely leave you with a feeling of peace and of spiritual uplift. If you time your visit to coincide with the monks singing Gregorian plain song do so-you will leave deeply moved.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

A tranquil, ancient oasis of peace. Try to stay for the monks' Gregorian chanting, it is truly wonderful. Dress appropriately to visit a church (though there are shawls available at the door if you arrive with bare shoulders). There is parking nearby for small fee and a shop at the end of the driveway that is worth visiting.

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