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Reviewed 14 December 2018

This large Benedictine abbey set up on a hill in the forest not far from the town of Chiusure is well worth a visit. After you park your car in the small lot you approach the abbey by first walking to and through a medieval...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Pamela F
Reviewed 25 September 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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 22 September 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank km1Sydney
Reviewed 18 July 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

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Essex123
Reviewed 17 July 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.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Loreen K
Reviewed 16 July 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

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank rondi3
Reviewed 14 July 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

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank wildkatnyc
Reviewed 12 June 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

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Colin P
Reviewed 7 June 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

Date of experience: June 2018
4  Thank LamN_12
Reviewed 3 June 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

Date of experience: June 2018
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Mike S
12 July 2018|
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
Emma B
6 July 2018|
Response from Felice L | Reviewed this property |
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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13 February 2018|
Response from Kathryn_guvera | Reviewed this property |
Yes should be possible. Church might be closed for service if you arrive at a certain time.
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