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Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

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Address: 53024 Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Montalcino, Italy
Phone Number: 39 0577 835659
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Historic place with monastic chanting that can be inspirational.

The monks pray (chants) on a regular schedule which is an experience in its own right. In addition, tours of the monastery can be done.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
Tony M
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The monks pray (chants) on a regular schedule which is an experience in its own right. In addition, tours of the monastery can be done.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Great old church and it is good to go in the morning to hear the chants. Make sure you get there on time as they don't last long.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The monastery appears on your left rising through the dark as though magically floating in the air. It has been in use apparently since at least 814. It was so cold and so dark as we entered. The stark simplicity provided an elegant backdrop to the 5 white-robed monks as they sang the service. There were only 6 of us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

this isolated and charming abbazia is the right place if you wanna recover in praying. we definitely suggest a visit 'cos it's great for your soul

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We came to SanT Antimo by bicycle en route to Montalcino, we thought if we avoid the time of the Gregorian chants we would have the place to ourselves but that was not the case. This is a very popular stop Im surprised at its placement on the list as it was packed when we visited in October, the parking... More 

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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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