Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain9,932 contributions
Family
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo is a Romanesque Abbey located on land in Tuscany Region, in the center of Italy. It was built in the 12th Century, however there was other religious buildings, at least, since 8th Century in the place. Nowadays, it is a very nice example of Romanesque Tuscany church, so it is very interesting to visit especially for history and art-lovers. We came here in August-2019 and we could visit the main church, the other buildings you need to book a guided visit, so we could not enter here. Next time!
Also, the building is located on land, and here you can see the typical landscapes from Tuscany: wonderful.
Written May 19, 2020
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lotsagoldens
Surprise, AZ796 contributions
This is a beautiful church; it was a refreshing to see the simpler interior, after all the gold leaf and rococco in the big cities. We rented the self-guided audio tour and it was worth every minute of listening time. We stopped in the little shop and bought some honey and some herbal soaps and shampoos. A very peaceful, spiritual place!
Written July 9, 2022
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Petrus61
Nice, France2,679 contributions
Family
We visited this abbey which is located at the foot of a hill. The location is nice and there are great pictures to be made while on the road leading to this abbey. We were a bit disappointed from the inside of the church which does not boast much decorations.
Written August 15, 2020
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Robert B
Saratoga Springs, NY984 contributions
It was our first full day touring in Tuscany. Abbazia di Sant'Antimo was the first stop on our group's way to Montalcino.. The original building probably dates back to Charlemagne, but that cannot be verified. The walls are made gorgeous alabaster and contain some stained glass. The present church dates at least to 1118 as that is the date in an altar step and also in the column to the left. The interior has some interesting vegetable and animal motifs and "Daniel in the Lions' Den" by French Master of Cabestany. Since 1992 it has been reoccupied by a small group of Premonstratensian Canons Regular. It is worth a visit if you are in the area but I would not go out of my way to do so!
Written February 4, 2020
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SC568
Jacksonville, FL205 contributions
Great place to stop for a quick visit. Maybe the largest Italian Cypress I have ever seen. Ancient historical site with lots of things to see of interest and can be done in a relatively short visit between vineyards.
Written June 19, 2022
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mfilcol2014
Lisbon, Portugal916 contributions
It is necessary to take a small detour to reach this beautiful Abbey. But it is worth it. Imposing building in the middle of the Tuscan countryside. Free visit to the interior. Austere but very beautiful. It takes us back to medieval times
Written July 19, 2022
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Gnocchetta
Indiana, USA5 contributions
We visited the Abbazia di Sant'Antimo near Montalcino to hear the monks chanting, which was fabulous. We parked our car in the parking lot right next to the abbey. When we returned, about 30 minutes later, we discovered a parking ticket in the amount of 38 euros. We did not see any signs about having to pay for parking when we approached the abbey. There are no other businesses or housing in the area, and there's plenty of parking space so you wouldn't expect to have to pay.

When we mentioned the incident at the bookstore nearby we were told that it was a new regulation and that many people were falling into this trap because the sign was not well posted and was written only in Italian. We called the police in Montalcino to expalin the situation but they were totally unsympathetic.

We loved the abbey and the service, but felt totally taken advantage of by the municipality.
Written October 15, 2009
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Daydream5488
Salt Lake City, Utah1 contribution
Going to the Abbey of Sant'Antimo should be a prerequisite for every traveler to Italy. My husband and I went with our neice and nephew at the recommendation of another neice, who had visited there earlier in the year. As we were walking to the entrance of the church, we heard a chorus of angelic voices praising God. The autumn rain had misted the earth that day, and we were momentarily lost, thinking the voices were those of angels! The acoustics of the Abbey make it a perfect environment for singing. The very atmosphere of the Abbey is permeated with God's tender
presence!..A mountain top experience! Even when the singing stops, the very stones of the church seem to echo angelic voices...A blessing! MC
Written January 14, 2003
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BobConklin
Portland, OR151 contributions
Couples
Sant'Antimo is a 9th century Romanesque church and monastery built by Charlemagne. The architecture is exceptional. It sits elegantly in a field in the Tuscan countryside outside of Montalcino. (It is possible to walk there from Montalcino via a very nice trail through the countryside, all downhill, in about two hours, which I recommend doing if you have time. Unless you plan also to walk back, you'll have to shuttle with two cars, hitchhike, or take a bus or taxi back.) The grounds are a lovely, serene place for a picnic. The monastery is inhabited by a very small group of French Cistercian monks. Several time each day they file into the sanctuary (maybe 5 or 6 of them in all) and spend about a half hour singing Gregorian chants. It is a magical experience to hear this if you can time your visit right.
Written February 25, 2012
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VenetianRed
San Francisco3 contributions
The road to the Abbey of Sant’Antimo descends in a steep spiral through vineyards, fields of grass, and groves of olive and cypress trees. On the way down, the abbey—which includes a grand but typically unfussy Romanesque church, its slightly leaning bell tower, and companion cypress—is always in view. The stunning approach heralds Sant’Antimo as the most special of places, center of its own still beautiful corner of the universe.

If the view from on high weren’t enough, on the valley floor a pilgrim (whether spiritually or artistically inspired) is met with another breath-taking vista. The sandy-colored church harmoniously blends with newly-baled hay, as well as the light and dark greens of the grass and trees. The colors of the site speak powerfully to its ancient agrarian roots...

The rest of the review is at http://venetianred.net/2010/06/19/venetian-red-in-tuscany-the-abbey-at-santantimo/
Written July 28, 2010
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