The Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore is a Benedictine Monastery founded in 1313 and is situated inside a forest with beautiful vistas peeking through the trees. The monks in residence at the Abbey are devoted to the Virgin Mary. The habits worn by the monks are white to symbolize the purity of Mary.
The Abbey has a large library where the monks carefully restore pamphlets and parchments largely for the Vatican library. The monks also produce wine, honey and distilled herbs made from ancient recipes. The Great Cloister has a famous fresco series containing 36 scenes about the life of St. Benedictine. The Abbey also contains numerous other master works of sacred art. Gregorian chanting, evoking memories of the early Church, may be heard at the Abbey during designated times.
A visit to the Abbey always holds a special place in the hearts of Tuscan Muse guests, photographers, artists, cooks and writers who participate in our tours of Tuscany, photography workshops, painting workshops, culinary workshops and writing workshops in Tuscany.