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I took the local bus out from the southern side of Milan to Chiaravalle. It's obviously suffering from the years of misuse in its recent history, but enough remains to make this interesting. It's a beautiful Abbey, those walls hide almost a thousand years of...More
Local friend recommended this and Eyewitness Guide described a beautiful, historical Abby, and said we could hear monks chanting. The hotel concierge verified times by calling, however it was pretty tricky to get inside here, due to lack of signage, language difficulties, and the monk's...More
The abbey is simply beautiful. Surrounded by nature, with church, monastery, cloister... The main "square" with arcades it's just lovely. It's a nice stop outside busy Milan. And also the monks are very active - selling organic products from their gardens in a shop inside...More
A great place to visit immersed in what is now a park all around the city. It is not far from the city centre. Just do not go there on Mondays, they are closed. The history of the abbey is so fascinating and it will...More
We were staying at Viale Campania about 5km walk from the Abbazia. Today, Sunday, took out morning walk out to the Abbey which took an hour...including passing THE Milan city boundary sign!!
The walk showed how quickly the high density of Milan apartment blocks changes...More
See my tips on getting there at end of review. This is a beautiful peaceful place a bus journey into the attractive countryside ouside Milan. There was a very helpful girl at reception who supplied us with the last copy of the English guide book...More
We thought we were being really sensible by going here on a Monday, not a Sunday, since we assumed that services would be going on. Alas, we were wrong. Almost everything was shut. We did get to have a look inside the abbey itself, and...More
Beautiful abbey stunning frescoes and choir stalls. Pick up Jacob a monk who will give a free 2/3 hour talk all in Italian. Good shop with plenty of goods made by the monks. DO NOT use toilets ... Hole in the ground smelt disgusting. The...More