Lois Reynolds Mead

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Monte Oliveto Maggiore

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Our Untours leader in Tuscany (Harriet Gussoni) had us meet her for an orientation and lunch at the abbey called Monte Oliveto Maggiore. We were then given a tour of the inside of the monastery and its incredible frescoes. The restaurant was entered through a drawbridge with a Della Robbia sculpture as a greeting.

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Harriet giving us driving and hill town tips for the week.

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This was the most interesting plant growing out of the brick wall started by a seed blown into a crack.

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Creating this beautiful flower-the flower of the caper plant.

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After a lunch that included pane dei Santi and vin santo, we walked down the hill to the monastery.

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Constructed in the 15th century it includes this loggia.

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Inside the arches are frescoes that depict the life and work of Bernard Tolomei who founded the order in 1319. The frescoes were created by Luca Signorelli and Sodoma.

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Pictures were allowed and we were close to them but I am only going to share some charming snippets.

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Benedict leaving home.

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This is thought to be a self portrait of the artist, Sodoma.

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We also saw the refectory.

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The library.

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And the church.

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Which has a choir covered in wood inlaid stalls.

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A mosaic done in 1980 of Benedict created by a member of the community.

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A closer view of the modern statue in the courtyard.

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And another Della Robbia as we passed out through the 16th century drawbridge.

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3 thoughts on “Monte Oliveto Maggiore

  1. I welcome you very warmly!
    I am delighted with your relationship with Monte Oliveto Maggiore.
    Fantastic photos. I am enchanted by them.
    Lucia

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