Abbazia di Sant'Antimo
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo
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Robert B
Saratoga Springs, NY1,058 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
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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Deirdre O
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
My husband and I spent Christmas week in Casa di Alice, a lovely two bedroom apartment in the small hill town of Castelnuovo dell'Abbate. The town is beautiful and it made the perfect base for day trips to Siena, Montepulciano, Pienza, Montalcino and Arezzo. We loved our time here; the residents are lovely, friendly and helpful, although most are not English speakers.

Things to know: The town is very small; there are two small restaurants but at least in the off season, they have limited hours. There is a small coffee/wine bar just steps from the apartment with lovely wine selections and a small grocery store that stocks the basics. The town is very hilly and parking is down hill from the apartment. We didn't find it a problem, but those with mobility challenges would. Also, most of the wineries in the area are closed this time of year.
Written December 26, 2022
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SC568
Jacksonville, FL207 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
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, Portugal1,769 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
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, USA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, OR143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • 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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Adventurer1634
Vienna, Austria1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I am not a religious person, but at Sant`Antimo if you take the time to sit down, you just FEEL a power that is bigger than everything else I have experienced. It is an absolutely magic place i will come back to whenever i am in Tuscany
Written August 13, 2003
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MerMerAustin
Austin, TX177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Really loved this place! The one regret I have is that we did not plan the visit to experience the Gregorian mass on Sunday.

Very much worth the time to experience this beautiful place!
Written October 22, 2018
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