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Abbazia di Novacella

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Address: Via Abbazia 1, 39040 Varna, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 0472 836189
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

A wealth of art historical treasures and other remarkable attractions...

A wealth of art historical treasures and other remarkable attractions awaits visitors to the monastery complex: the collegiate church suffused with light is the southern-most example of southern German late Baroque architecture and the perfect place to pause for reflection or a quiet prayer. The cloistered courtyard adjoins the church, characterized by Gothic arches and embellished with frescoes by various artists.Numerous Gothic panel paintings and altar pieces by Friedrich Pacher and artists from his school, precious manuscripts and other liturgical treasures, as well as scientific and historical instruments are on show in the pinacotheca, while the monastery library is a real gem, accommodating around 92,000 precious volumes in its large Rococo style hall.Guided monastery tours (min. 10 persons - on reservation) take place from Monday to Saturday at 10am/11am/ 2pm/3pm and 4pm (excluding Sundays and holy days of obligation).All products from the monastery's own estates and typical Tyrolean snacks of speck, smoked sausages and various cheeses with a choice of regional bread varieties are available for tasting in the monastery cellar pub (open from 10 am to 7 pm).Tutored wine tastings for groups (min. 10 persons) can be organized on reservation. On request the tasting can be combined with a guided tour of the wine estate.Shopping: In the monastery shop all the products from Abbazia di Novacella can be bought directly. The range has been extended to include over 200 different products of other European religious establishments (open from 9.15 am to 6 pm).

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Beautiful Abbey in a beautiful setting in Northern Italy

The sanctuary of the Church was beautiful. We were unfortunately not on a tour (offered in English several times per day) so we were only able to go a short distance into the... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2016
Lewisville, North Carolina
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Lewisville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 3 December 2016

The sanctuary of the Church was beautiful. We were unfortunately not on a tour (offered in English several times per day) so we were only able to go a short distance into the sanctuary but even in that short distance one could view the beauty and could take pictures. In this area there are pews for visitors to sit and... More 

Thank 66Marla
Province of Taranto, Italy
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Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

I was astonished to find a so beautiful place. Very well maintained and really worth to visit.Pity that the garden was closed.

Thank Devita1953
Aurora, Canada
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Reviewed 4 November 2016

Enjoyed our visit of the buildings, grounds and vineyards. We were eagerly looking forward to the winetasting and shopping experience at the gift shop only to witness my nephew being racially discriminated against by the female sales clerk. What a hurtful and shocking experience considering that the operation is owned and operated by a monastery – shameful. We left immediately... More 

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Shalimar, Florida
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

The Abbey, grounds and rooms are worth the visit. They have tours in English at 10 and 11 am. You get a taste of Tyrol life in the Middle Ages which is quite personal as contrasted with Melk.

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Statesville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Tours are only given in German and Italian, but this is the only way to see inside. The library was interesting and the Baroque church was worth the visit. There are many rooms with interesting artifacts and art. You can also taste the wine made there. It was a short ride on Bus 3 from Ponte Aquilia.

Thank kagatlin
La Spezia, Italy
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

While I wouldn't call it a destination, we had a nice lunch at their cafe and enjoyed a tour of their grounds. A little bit of history of the monastic life in the area and a nice setting won't make you regret some time.

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Reviewed 18 September 2016

We visited on July 2016. We were two families with teenagers The monastery is beautiful and the history is interesting. The explanations are not in English so it was hard to understand the history background We did not take the tour guide, but I do think it is advisable One interesting fact for music lovers I have been told that... More 

Thank Yehudit D
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

Beautiful monastery impart a calming feeling to visitors walking around admiring the architecture and even the small cemetery next to the Basilica. We did not book a guided tour as we only had a short time. The cantina is definitely worth a stop for a coffee.

Thank gyywong
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 13 November 2015

Tours are only available in Italian and German.English is offered for a group tour. The tour guide was willing to answer my questions in English but the tour was given in German which I am not fluent in.The monastery church is worth seeing because of it's baroque decoration.The baroque garden was closed by Sept 15th which I was too late... More 

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The Woodlands, Texas
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Reviewed 3 October 2015

This a lovely old Abby just north of Bressanone in the alto Adige. They make their own wine and grappa, have gorgeous gardens and a nice outdoor restaurant as well as an inside one. The setting is lovely near the Esack river. Many wonderful old artifacts to view as well as experiencing the very ancient architecture. A great afternoon out.

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