Abbazia di Vallombrosa

Abbazia di Vallombrosa

Abbazia di Vallombrosa
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites

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188 reviews
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Vesichka
Sofia, Bulgaria4 contributions
Occasional visit to the Abbey
Jul 2017 • Friends
Abbey is high in the mountains, road to it its good and in less than one hour you can be on quiet and nice place above Tuscany valley. In the summer there are picnics there, concerts and people getting away from the summer hot weather. Abbey itself it is quiet and there is nice monk pharmacy shop.
Written July 20, 2017
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JeffCypress
Reading, UK351 contributions
Serene and quiet attraction
Sep 2016 • Family
Slightly difficult to reach through beautiful forest roads so a very quiet and peaceful abbey to visit. The chapel, abbey and gardens really merit the trip. Interesting herb based products made at the abbey in a very traditional shop.
Written September 25, 2016
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Mandy T
Eindhoven, The Netherlands9 contributions
Just the environment is lovely, the building is too, but the forest and the huge park is much more interesting!
Aug 2016 • Friends
We really enjoyed our visit to Vallombrosa and we would recommend you to visit. When you visit, take a picknick blancket and food and drinks with you. They is a huge valley where you will find locals having a barbeque and enjoying their free afternoons. It is wonderful to sit there and enjoy your day.
Written August 20, 2016
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hollyrey
Columbus, OH204 contributions
Nice visit with some good treats
Jul 2016 • Friends
Recently we visited the monastery with a tour group. It is located in a beautiful setting with beautiful artwork. The chapel has some lovely statues and is quite peaceful.

Be sure to stop by the shop on your way out for some homemade candies, chocolate, jams, jellies and alcohol. All reasonably priced.
Written July 27, 2016
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compost4all
Stuart, FL287 contributions
Wonderful tour by Priest
Oct 2015 • Friends
The 80 something year old father welcomed our bus load of Mennonites, eager to give us an educational tour of the monastery, paintings, rooms, its activities, local connections, musical events and more. Our professional organist was able to present an impromptu 15 or 20 minute concert on the beautiful organ. We closed by singing a special song for the priest.
Written October 21, 2015
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Dave T
Kidderminster, UK39 contributions
High up in the Hills.
May 2015 • Couples
Right up in the Hills & National Forest,bring a picnic...& check that the Museum is open before you go.
Written May 23, 2015
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,133 contributions
Great testimony of history, not easy visits
Feb 2015 • Friends
The visit of this monastery is not easy: predefined schedules of inside visit are only provided in July and August, as for the rest of the year only visits by groups (by previous reservation) are allowed.
So at the "regular" visitors only the chance remains to see the whole of the monastery from the outside; in addition the church (of beautiful baroque architecture) and finally the pharmacy, which sells, along with the products of the monk's work, products coming from outside.
It 'a pity, because the history of this monastery is very interesting in many respects.
It refers, on the origins, the story of Giovanni Gualberto, Florentine noblemen, then monk, who the first time founded here, in the eleventh century, a basic monastery, after having played an important role in the fight against the corrupt clergy of the nearby city of Florence.
The slogans of the movement that he has animated (inspired by the original poverty of Christianity) a few decades later would lead on the pyre many supporters (as they were convicted as heretics); but for a series of circumstances they have yielded to Giovanni the support of the Pope and the permission to found a new branch of the Benedictine monastic order: precisely the "Vallombrosa" branch, of which this will be the leader abbey.
Build in this wooded area, the abbey as a result sees the monks achieve excellence in forestry technics (although a real scientific treatise on this topic will be published only in 1804; the author is the abbot Luigi Fornaini).
Thanks to this tradition, the newly built italian State installed in the abbey the first National Forestry School (in 1866, after the expulsion of the monks). The school then moved to Florence, when, after the Second World War, the abbey was returned to the monks.
The effects of the monks' work, then of the governmental technicians, are visible in the dense forest of fir surrounding the abbey from all sides; forest that - as others reviewers have noted - allows scenic walks around.
Written February 15, 2015
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niki101
London, UK767 contributions
Beautiful and inspiring!
Jun 2012 • Couples
We decided to go to Vallombrosa to find out what inspired John Milton to write a passage about this place in his famous poem “Paradise Lost” in 1667. The route to the abbey buildings was very scenic. The woodland reminded me so much about another place – Vitosha Mountain near Sofia in Bulgaria. It may be because of the same sort of trees, greenery or just the sprinkled light coming from the trees.

How this landscape looked nearly five centuries ago we don’t know, but today it is still beautiful and inspiring. Unfortunately, the abbey is not open for public on daily basis and we didn’t see it (as we found out it offers just guided tours on specific days). Yet, the church offers some really good works of art. Before you get in the church have a look at the wooden sculpture – it is a fascinating mixture of figures of humans and of animals.

The shop next to the church is full of things obviously produced by monks such as soaps and cream made by different herbs. I’m very happy with my nice bracelet and my husband with the propolis soap.

The area around the abbey is great for a picnic. It was Sunday when we visited the sight and there were many people, most of them Italians, who enjoyed the sunshine, sitting on the grass and surrounded by the beautiful forest. There are also some restaurants and bars around so a day here can be spent easily even if you are not local but just a visitor.
Written July 8, 2012
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