Sant’Antimo Abbey: Timeless Tranquillity Oasis

Sant'Antimo Abbey

I wrote about the captivating landscapes of Tuscany many times. However, there is a place that marries history, stunning architecture and spirituality in heartbreaking harmony: Sant’Antimo Abbey.
Nestled in the heart of Val d’Orcia just 15 minutes drive from Montalcino, there is this ancient Benedictine monastery that boast a history that spans over a thousand years.

Sant'Antimo particular
Sant'Antimo exterior
Sant'Antimo garden

Architectural Marvel

The first thing that strikes you as you approach Sant’Antimo Abbey is its remarkable Romanesque architecture. The abbey’s exterior, crafted from local stone, is a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of medieval artisans. The use of rounded arches and intricate carvings creates an atmosphere of simple elegance that seamlessly melds with the surrounding countryside.
If the exterior captivate your eyes, in the interior you’ll find yourself in a sanctuary of serenity. On the wall of the Abbey there are frescoes and details which will bring you back in time. In Sant’Antimo Abbey faith, artistic and sacred converge perfectly, leaving the visitors speechless.

Sant'Antimo Arches
Sant'Antimo entrance

“Via della Luce” – Visit from above

At the entrance of the Monastery, the visitors can rent an audio-guide and visit the rooms above the Monastery. During the tour it is possible to admire the Carolingian Chapel, the crypt, the upper portico, the monastic pharmacy and San Benedetto Garden. From the above, the view of the lower nave is stunning as the lights games crated by the monofore of the upper walkway.

Gregorian Chanting

Till about some years ago at the Abby was possible to listen to the enchanting Gregorian Chanting. However, the last time I went to visit the Monastery the guide told me that there are no more resident monks. Due to this fact, it is best to check the website or – even better – get in touch with the info point.
Even if I couldn’t listen to these hauntingly beautiful chants, their echoes are still enchanting the Monastery.

 

Carolingian Chapel
Frescoes Sant'Antimo Abbey
Sant'Antimo wall particular

Bounded by Mother Nature’s beauty

Beyond the spiritual allure, Sant’Antimo Abbey is blessed with a stunning natural framework.
Rolling vineyards, olive groves, and the idyllic Tuscan countryside give a sense of tranquillity and oneness with nature.

A glimpse of history

According to the legend, Charlemagne, the Holy Roman Imperator, founded Sant’Antimo in 781 d.C. While the Imperator and his army were travelling from Rome, an unknown plague struck the army. Charlemagne had a divine vision of an Archangel who told him to let his army drink an infusion made by local herbs. The cure worked and Charlemagne decided to erect a chapel as a sign of devotion.
The abbey’s original purpose was to serve as a place of prayer, meditation, and religious devotion, and this tradition continues to this day.

Sant'Antimo garden
Sant'Antimo Chapel
Sant'Antimo nave particular
Sant'Antimo nave

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