Things to Do in Abbadia San Salvatore
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- As a geologist with experience in mining, I was fascinated with the story told about mining methods from the early 1800s to the present and the changes in technology. The Museum captured these topics so well and showed how the mines operated through a series of stations in a simulated mine on the surface. It was very realistic and was described by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. The Museum galleries had many exhibits that explored the daily life of miners and their families. I feel this is a "must-see" stop in a beautiful part of Tuscany. More than likely this mining centre had a Nova Scotia, Canada connection. The output of the mine was cinnabar, the ore of mercury. Nova Scotia gold mines required a lot of mercury to separate the gold and this mining region probably supplied much of the mercury. At present expect, most of the exhibits and animation to be in Italian. This may change in the future with more use of English. I highly recommend this museum: it is a treasure! Howard Donohoe, PhD, P.Geo.Written July 3, 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Large, impressive abbey that dates from the 8th century and an even more memorable crypt which is even older.This very large and impressive structure dates from the 8th century but was substantially rebuilt and expanded in a Romanesque style around 1035. Further renovations were carried out in the mid-17th century with the enlargement of the longitudinal body, the demolition of some crypts and restoration of some altars in a Baroque style. The presbytery was also frescoed during this period. The Abbey was further restored in the 1930's. It appears that the Abbey reached its pinnacle between the 10th and 12th centuries when it was a stopover point for pilgrims who travelled along the Via Francigena.
Externally the Abbey is constructed of stone. The narrow facade is flanked by two 13th century bell towers, one of which is incomplete. Above the arched portal there are three long lancet windows and above these, an additional single, smaller, lancet window just below the gabled roof.
Internally the Abbey has a single nave with a Latin cross layout. The roof of the nave is covered by wooden trusses and there is a very impressive central staircase that leads to the presbytery, which has barrel and cross vaults, and the high altar that is raised above the underlying crypt. There are stairways down to the crypt either side of the main staircase up to the presbytery.
Hanging above the simple stone altar is a beautifully carved polychromed wooden crucifix which dates back to the 12th century. The presbytery is frescoed and there are elements of frescoes in a number of the side altars. There are also a number of stained glass lancet windows.
Perhaps though the must stunning element of the Abbey was its crypt with its 35 columns each with a different capital, 24 of which are original, and of various shapes, some cylindrical some fluted etc.
The Abbey also has a cloister which dates back to the 17th century and was largely restored during the 20th century.
Well worth a visit just to see the crypt.Written January 19, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This shop is a crazy mix of antiques, wonderful olive oils stone pressed at their farm, wine, cheeses, jams, and pure kitsch. The tiny, cluttered store is packed to overflowing with all sorts of oddments and surprises. Locals line up for their oil. The greatest delight is the proprietor, Marcella, a welcoming woman of quiet, innocent charm and warmth. It is an experience. Go to Abbadia just to meet her. While you are in Abbadia have the filled pastas at Il Cantinone, visit the hot springs at Bagni San Felippo, and see Santa Fiora, another small gem of an untouristsy town in the Amiata area.Written July 9, 2015This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A small bar/cafe/eatery right on th main square, offers very nice wine by the glass, accompanied by local cheese or ham or vegetable spreads. Really reasonable pricesWritten May 1, 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- nice price for high quality bike.
people gave some helpful tips and material for the day
monte amiate is nice montain to climb or do some MTB tracks.Written July 7, 2017This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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- The top attractions to visit in Abbadia San Salvatore are:
- Parco Museo Minerario
- Abbazia San Salvatore
- Azienda Pinzi Pinzuti
- Chiesa di Santa Maria dell'Ermeta
- Chiesa della Madonna dei Remedi
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Abbadia San Salvatore Attractions Information
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