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  Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore  
(Provincia di Siena, Toscana)
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"Scenic Surroundings and Captivating Frescos"

This beautiful abbey is set up in the hills in picturesque surroundings. The drive up the abbey is full of beautiful vistas and a walk through the cool pine forest. The frescos on the inside are magnificent. The place has a tranquil vibe. The monks are very friendly. There is also a restaurant here for those feeling an urge to eat something.

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Territorial Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore

The Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore is a large Benedictine monastery in the Italian region of Tuscany, 10 km south of Asciano. Its buildings, which are mostly of red brick, are conspicuous against the grey clayey and sandy soil—the Crete senesi which give this area of Tuscany its name.

It is a territorial abbey whose abbot functions as the bishop of the land within the abbey's possession, even though he is not consecrated as a bishop.

It is the mother-house of the Olivetans and the monastery later took the name of Monte Oliveto Maggiore to distinguish it from successive foundations at Florence, San Gimignano, Naples and elsewhere.


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