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Abbadia San Salvatore

Abbadia San Salvatore - (8500 inhabitants) lies on the edge of extensive chestnut woods covering the eastern side of Monte Amiata.

The abbey is one of the oldest monasteries in Tuscany and had control over a vast area. It was an important station in the Middle Ages on the Via Francigena, the pilgrim route from northern Europe to Rome. The modern suburb which has developed round the monastery, has become a popular summer and winter resort.

The picturesque medieval borgo or village preserves its outer walls and streets intact, with medieval and Renaissance houses of locai grey stone.

The Benedettine abbey, which was immensely rich and powerful, enjoyed numerous privileges under the prolection of popes and emperors, and exercised feudal jurisdiction over much of southern Tuscany. It was founded. according to tradition, in 743 by the Lombard king, Ratchis, on the spot where he saw a vision. At the peak of its temporal and spiritual powers in 1035 the abbey was rebuilt and reconsecrated by Abbot Winizzo. There followed a period of decline when it carne under the dominion of Siena in 1347, and evenlually was incorporateci into the Medici state in 1559.

The monastery was suppressed by grand-duke Leopoldo II in 1783, and most of its treasury and archives were removed to Florence. A Benedictine community was reinstalled here in 1939.

How to reach Abbadia San Salvatore: From Siena (73 Km), on the Cassia road SS2, direction Rome.

Where is Abbadia San Salvatore: is located in the south of Siena province, on the border with the province of Grosseto. See the map

Nearby: Radicofani, Piancastagnaio.

Distances: Siena 73 Km Florence 140 Km - Pisa 180 Km - Arezzo 90 Km

Correct name is Abbadia San Salvatore
Common mistakes are Abadia San Salvatore, Abbey san Salvadore, San Salvador


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