Why should I visit the Abbey of Sant’Antimo in Montalcino?

Located in the Starcia Valley in Tuscany and 5 minutes from Montalcino, the beautiful Romanesque Abbey dating back to the XII century.
Inhabited over the centuries by Benedictine monks, the legend attributes the foundation to the emperor Charlemagne.
Sant’Antimo Abbey existed in the year 814. With inspirations from French and Lombard models, it is today considered one of the most beautiful Romanesque monuments in Tuscany.

On the map you can easily understand how to reach the abbey from our relais.

An Abbey Alive and Active near Montalcino

Throughout the year the Abbey Sant’Antimo organize cultural activities. Educational activities for individuals and groups but also concerts, Gregorian singing courses, miniature laboratories.

Brilliant and very avant-garde of modern expectations, workshops make you rediscover the herbal tradition of monastic pharmacies. An opportunity to take a dip in the past and learn how to cure our body with natural Tuscan remedies.

For centuries, Benedictine monks Abbey has been home to wayfarers and pilgrims. Even today Sant’Antimo Abbey welcomes young people and families siking a spiritual retreat near Montalcino. With a self-managed kitchen, they will have the fantastic opportunity to have lunch in the San Benedetto and Santa Scolastica rooms or, even better on numerous days of good weather, outdoors in the equipped area.

All guests who come to the monastery are welcomed like the Christ.

Rules by San Benedetto cap. 53, 1

The monks also offer the possibility to organize spiritual retreats of several days or simply spend some time in the peace and silence of the Val Starcia.

Abbey of Sant'Antimo

Visit Sant’Antimo Abbey

In the ancient treasure room, the pharmacy offers a selection of body care products. Products made by the monks themselves according to an exclusive recipe from the Abbey.
Legend has it that during the stopover of Charlemagne at Sant’Antimo, a healing décoction saved him and his soldiers that were affected by a plague. Today the special recipe of Sant’Antimo is made with this same herb: the essence of the Carlina.
As true nature lovers, the monks also produce honey, jams, candies and herbal teas.

What to do at Montalcino

Montalcino is a fairytale medieval village that has remained intact since the 16th century. Famous capital of Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino wine, it is now recognized all over the world for its beauty and typicality. Find out everything you need to know in this short and nice article! Looking for a wine tasting in Montalcino? We tell you where to go.

Abbey opening hours:

  • November – end of March: every day 10.30am – 5.00pm
  • April – end of Septembre: every day 10.00am – 7.00pm
  • 1 October- 31 October: every day 10.00am – 6.00pm

Holy Mass:

  • Novembre – end of Marzo: from Monday to Friday at 4.30pm; on Sundays at 11.00am
  • April – end of Septembre: from Monday to Friday at 6.30pm; on Sundays at 11.00am
  • 1 October- 31 October: from Monday to Friday at 5.30pm; on Sundays at 11.00am

visit Abbey of Sant'Antimo

There is so much to do in Tuscany. So many wineries, monuments and art galeries not too mention shops of local craft art and unchallenged restaurant of Italian cuisine. Montalcino and its surrounding are full of wonders. Many outdoor activities await you, go horse riding, bike through the UNESCO heritage site of Val d’Orcia, hike in the hilly landscape recognized for its beauty all over the world! Discover all of them and more thanks to our guides.

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