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Just 10 min driving from Lecce, this 12th century Abbey is a place of rare beauty. Recently... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2018
Paris, France
Hidden Gem - See it as it's being restored!

This lovely walled monastery is an easy 20 minute drive north of Lecce and it's not to be missed if... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2018
Boulder, Colorado
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Strada Provinciale Squinzano Casalabate, km 5.900 | sul navigatore non si trova perché l'Abbazia è a Lecce con cap 73100, non, 73100, Lecce, Italy
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Reviewed 5 August 2018

Just 10 min driving from Lecce, this 12th century Abbey is a place of rare beauty. Recently sponsored by the FAI (Fondo per l'Ambiente Italiano), the site presents structures from different ages, from Byzantine remainings to a 19th century farm. It is also part of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Nicco_FI
Reviewed 24 May 2018

This lovely walled monastery is an easy 20 minute drive north of Lecce and it's not to be missed if you like art, architecture or restoration efforts. It is in the process of being restored (with great sensitivity, in my opinion) in conjuntion with FAI...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Niwotois
Reviewed 13 December 2017

We stopped in our way to Lecce from Bari and it was a nice surprise. The little church is at the moment in full restoring works (december 2017), but it will be reopened during first months of 2018. The paintings are beautiful even if damaged,...More

Date of experience: December 2017
2  Thank Óscar M
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Well worth a visit to this ancient abbey. Super frescoes and atmosphere. You get a real sense of it's past, how it operated and what FAI are doing to preserve it for future generations. Very friendly service.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank deccles2016
Reviewed 20 October 2013

Thanks to the efforts of FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) this jewel of an abbey is well maintained and worth a visit. The central portal contains scenes from the Nativity of Christ, the capitals of the attached cloister feature a variety of interesting, different themed capitals....More

Date of experience: October 2013
2  Thank Bob B
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