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“Well worth detour”

Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Asciano
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Barseback, Sweden
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“Well worth detour”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

This is a really worthwhile visit. Take your time while there and better still read up on the history in advance. The setting is nothing short of spectacular and the buildings are beautiful and very well kept. We combined this with Rapolano termal baths and lunch in Ascino but there are plenty of small towns around. We were lucky to be able to talk to one of the monks at the monastery and he was kind enough to show us around a bit. This added a lot to the experience of course. Do go there!

Visited September 2013
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“Beautiful Abbey”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Monte Oliveto maggiore is the centre of Benedictine order in the world. You can see a beautiful abbey, with church and religious services as in the Middle Age. it's really fascinating. You see monks at work all around, because their remark is "ora et labora", "pray and work".
You can buy their products, hand made, as wine (I suggest Monaco Rosso), liquors, ointments, beauty creams and so on. An unusual experience, full of sense for religious people, and interesting for other people, that admires the buildings, products, and food.

Visited August 2013
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Blairgowrie
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“Away from it all”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

A very impressive, quiet and uncrowded monastery with a wonderful set of 15th century frescoes (depicting scenes from the the life of St Benedict) adorning the cloisters. As one can also visit the refectory and the library it is possible to get a real feeling for the place. There is interesting woodwork in the choir of the church - although as its a bit dark a small torch would be useful. It is a bit of a hike from the carpark (2 euros) and a climb back on uneven paths, so wear sturdy shoes.

Visited June 2013
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“Worth the stop”
Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

Go see this beautiful monastery. It is not touristy and offers a peaceful look at both the natural and manmade beauty of the monastery. Ask to tour the winery too and see the hundreds of years old casks. do wear sturdy walking shoes as there are hills and cobblestones.

Visited June 2013
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“great frescoes”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

impressive group of buildings in dramatic situation, lots to look at. What I really loved though were the 14th C frescos in the cloisters and the inlaid pictures in the choir stall. Great art!

Visited May 2013
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