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I thought we were on the set of Game of Thrones! This 12th century abbey has an incredible ability to transport you back to the Middle Ages. We visited when there was a wedding so it made the experience that much more special. Around the...More
Unless you have a passionate interest in Cistercian architecture, or in the mystic Joachim da Fiore, or just want to tick off places associated with people mentioned by Dante in the Divine Comedy, this 'abbey' will have little interest for you. What remains of the...More
Whatever the other reviewer found, in fact it's easy to get there. Drive (the road's fine, except maybe in the depths of winter) or get the bus (from Cosenza), and once you're in San Giovanni the abbey's obvious. If you're not staying, allow a whole...More
Difficult to reach, nestled as it is among twisting, winding, narrow, hilly alleys, the enormous church is stripped to the bare bones and so cold within that the locals refer to it as the refrigerator. The structure has a crypt which can be visited. The...More