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“Peaceful Abbey” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

Abbazia di Sant'Antimo
, 53024 Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Montalcino, Italy
39 0577 835659
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“Peaceful Abbey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

What a terrific little place! We were in Montalcino for a winery visit, and we wanted to hear the monks sing in prayer. We arrived about 45 minutes before the scheduled prayer and walked around and inside the abbey.

I was expecting a full chorus, but about 4 monks appeared from the side walls and walked to their places. It was still pretty cool.

It's a difficult place to visit without a car. As the monks began to chant, two bus loads of people walked through the doors. It kinda ruined the serenity of it all. I wish people can be mindful of the prayer times so you can sit in the pews in silence.

Visited December 2012
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“Ancient Abbey Inspires Awe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

No visit to Montalcino is complete without the short drive outside the city walls to the valley where this imposing old abbey dominates. Whether you see it during daylight or return in the evening for vespers, the ancient stones are certain to touch your heart. Its position is superb (as Benedictine and Cistercian abbeys usually were) and the surrounding landscape unfolds in quiet but unabashed splendor.
Make an effort to attend one of the daily services that are open to the public and the deepness of the monks chanting will envelope you and it is a feeling you will not soon forget. We recommend attending "vespers," a short early evening service after which you can return to Montalcino for dinner.

Visited December 2012
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“A Quiet Place.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We visited the abbey as part of our walking holiday in Tuscany.
The day we arrived was drizzly and grey. We were able to sit in on part of one of the regular prayer sessions with the Benedictine monks and listen to the singing.
After the monks and other visitors filed out, we sat there and contemplated the lot of the pilgrims who had passed by over the centuries.
We were staying at the Locanda S. Antimo on the edge of the town and above the abbey.
From the the local cemetery we watched the tourist coaches arrive and depart the abbey and wondered if the tourists were able to find the serenity that we found.
The hill town of Castelnuovo is small with a steep, (aren't they all), road up to the wall and into the town.
It has a small but well stocked grocery shop that has a few tables for coffee which they also make. In the evening,(closed from 1to 5pm), it was well patronized by the local women.
We bought food for lunch the next day's walk..

Visited October 2012
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“Harmony!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

After a long morning walk through the mists, we rounded the bend to see this amazing abbey situated in the valley. This is one of the most beautiful areas we visited in Tuscany. Ancient ollive trees, the surrounding hillsides, the echo of the monk playing his oboeseque instrument, all made for a rather surreal experience. Wish I would have been there to hear them chant. I will return.

Visited October 2012
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“Nice Abbey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Lovely abbey that you can walk around. There is a cafe overlooking the abbey that is open in the summer until around October which would have been nice.

Visited November 2012
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