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Ways to Experience Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed February 13, 2016

Tips - to truly understand the frescoes have a guidebook like Rick Steves with you. The frescoes tell a story & if we didn’t have the book with us that told the story, we would not have understood it. The parking lot closest to the...More

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Reviewed August 9, 2014

The monastery is perched on a delightful hilltop and includes a number of attractive buildings and a shop with very highly priced local olive oil and other produce. You pay by the hour for the car park and if you arrive in the early afternoon,...More

2  Thank Ashfield531
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Reviewed September 24, 2018

Up in the hills, along a windy road and a walk through a pine forest lies the beautiful abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore Go to the magnificent 36 frescoes which line the loggia of the courtyard, explore the library, sit in the little church and...More

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Reviewed September 22, 2018

Beautiful, peaceful, full of history, so glad we found this stunning place off the beaten path in Tuscany

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Reviewed July 18, 2018

The monastery is impressive in size and the location and surroundings are beautiful. Access is free, but the small car park is paid parking (take your entry ticket with you & pay at machine when you are about to leave). There is a restaurant come...More

2  Thank Essex123
Reviewed July 17, 2018

This is a beautiful destination, the drive through wonderful vistas and the arrival up in the cool shaded forest to this wonderful abbey. The frescoes are magnificent. Tranquility abounds, the monks very helpful,and friendly, wine cellar adds further interest and wines are very good.

1  Thank Loreen K
Reviewed July 16, 2018

We made the mistake of visiting on a Sunday, so the church was very full and parking was a chore. Still, we enjoyed it immensely. The setting is shaded and the paths not too steep. The cloister is a highlight, with a fresco cycle of...More

2  Thank rondi3
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

Try and catch vespers and here the all male chanting- it s an awesome meditation. Also don’t miss the wine cellar Some of the best tastings

2  Thank wildkatnyc
Reviewed June 11, 2018 via mobile

This was the most beautiful tranquil place that I have visited. The monks were chanting while we sat outside it was truly mesmerising

1  Thank Colin P
Reviewed June 7, 2018 via mobile

Not the most impressive abbey you have visited, but quite peaceful and located on beautiful grounds with gorgeous views. The interior of the church is a bit of a surprise - baroque style (which in my view is too rich and ornate for a monastery,...More

4  Thank LamN_12
Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

An active, working abbey set in an idyllic setting. Frescoes around main cloister depicting life of St. Benedict are spectacular. Church, refectory, library and other rooms still in use almost made me want to take vows. Entire abbey is pervaded by sense of peace. Opening...More

1  Thank Doug R
Reviewed June 1, 2018 via mobile

An active Benedictine abbey nestled in the woods. Beautiful estate on the mountainside. Too bad there’s no one around who can explain the interesting frescos that line the interior walls of the cloister courtyard. I’m sure some were about the life of St. Benedict, the...More

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Response from LamN_12 | Reviewed this property |
Liturgy of the hours in Benedictine monasteries: 1. Matins (during the night, at midnight with some); also called Vigils or Nocturns or, in monastic usage, the Night Office 2. Lauds or Dawn Prayer (at Dawn, or 3 a.m.) 3... More
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July 5, 2018|
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i can't write the website of monteolivetomaggiore but ... OPENING HOURS Standard Time: 09.15 morning – 12.00 Afternoon 15.15 to 17.00 Daylight Saving Time: 09.15 morning - 12.00 Afternoon 15.00 to 18.00 Sunday morning's... More
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February 12, 2018|
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Yes should be possible. Church might be closed for service if you arrive at a certain time.
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