Attractions & monuments

Tickets with audio guide to the Sant'Antimo Abbey in Montalcino

Availability: Every day
Duration: 24 hours
Language: English , Italian , French , Spanish , German
Mobile voucher accepted
Do this because
  • See one of the most important examples of 13th-century monastic architecture
  • Visit the Carolingian Chapel, the crypt, the monastic pharmacy and the herb garden
  • Discover the monastic community desired by the bishop of Siena in the late '70s
What to expect

Sant'Antimo is an ancient abbey inhabited by Benedictine monks over the centuries, a real medieval jewel located just a few kilometers from Montalcino. According to tradition, the church was commissioned by Charlemagne, who, after stopping in the Val di Starcia on his return from Rome because of the danger of a plague epidemic, vowed that this scourge would cease and, by the grace received, founded the Abbey.

Solitary and majestic, the monastery is surrounded by four hills that make up the valley. Underneath the altar is the crypt, and behind it you will find a wooden crucifix from the second half of the 12th century, while along the right wall there's another wooden sculptural group depicting the "Madonna with Child in Throne" from 1260.

Discover the Benedictine Abbey thanks to your audio guide. You can retrace the spiritual itinerary of the ancient pilgrims, discovering the symbolic meaning of the church's architectural and decorative elements.

The audio-guided route "The way of light" includes a visit to the Abbatial Church, the Tribunes, the Bishops' Apartment, the Carolingian Chapel and the Cloister. You will be enchanted by the wonderful play of light that the sun's rays create between capitals and columns. The route ends with the visit to the Carolingian crypt and with the discovery of what once overlooked the cloister.

Also in the village of Castelnuovo dell'Abate (just 20 minutes walk from the Abbey) is the Foresteria di Sant'Antimo where you can stay overnight, with 20 beds available, including amenities and kitchen. It is recommended to book in advance.

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What's included
  • Entrance ticket to the monastic complex
  • Audio guide
  • Audio guide "the way of light" (30 minutes)
Where

Localita' S. Antimo 222, 53024 Castelnuovo dell'Abate SI, Italy

Meeting point:

Sant'Antimo Abbey

What to remember
  • The audio guide is available in English, Italian, German, French and Spanish. You can communicate the audio guide language directly on site
  • The Via Della Luce route includes the escorted entrance to the Abbatial Church, the Tribunes, the Bishops' Apartment, the Carolingian Chapel and the Cloister
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When

Opening hours from November to February:

  • Every day from 10.30am to 5.00pm (pharmacy closes at 4.30pm)

Opening hours from March to October:

  • Every day from 10.30am to 7.00pm (pharmacy closes at 6.30pm)

Sunday Mass at 11.00am

Schedules may change suddenly for activities related to the liturgy

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Provider
Opera Duomo Siena
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