Ten kilometers south of Montalcino rises one of the most beautiful churches in the area. Walking down the narrow roads lined with vineyards, at one point there is a small valley where this Abbey. Its origin is lost in the mists of time when in 781 AD Charlemagne went to Rome on pilgrimage by Pope Adrian I received a gift and some relics of Saints Sebastian and Antimo. During the return journey a violent epidemic broke out and, thank the Lord when I finished the plague, he founded the monastery which was later erected on the Abbey. It is an unusual place for an Abbey, not on top of a hill, but in a low valley field almost like a lamb lost from its flock.The environment is truly impressive, the colors of the landscape change from month to month and the tower seems to compete in height with an old cypress tree for years to overcome. Since 1992, the abbey of Sant’Antimo has risen through the presentation of a small community of Canons Regular Premonstratensian who follow the Rule of St. Augustine.

The monks made to ensure seven days sung in Gregorian chant as a thousand years ago.

Religious Services and Visiting Hours

Weekdays Matins 5.45 a.m. Lauds 7.00 a.m. Terce 9.00 a.m. Holy Messe 9.15 a.m. Visits to church 10.15 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Sext 12.45 p.m. None 2.45 p.m. Visits to church 3.00 – 6.30 p.m. Vespers 7.00 p.m. Compline 8.30 p.m. (9.00 p.m. July-August)

Sundays and Holidays Sunday Vigil 12.00 a.m. (1.00 a.m. July-August) Lauds 7.30 a.m. Terce 9.00 a.m. Visits to church 9.15 – 10.45 a.m. Holy Messe 11.00 a.m.  Sext 12.45 p.m. None 14.45 p.m. Visits to church 15.00 – 18.00 p.m.  Vespers 18.30 p.m. Followed by the Holy Eucharist Benediction Compline 20.30 p.m. (9.00 p.m. July-August)

it’s possibile to come at all the services without prenotation, the church is always open!

Notice to Visitors – Hours for visits to church: – The church remains open from 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. – No payment is required to visit the church. – Visits are not permitted during religious services. – While visiting the church: You must not disturb the silence. You must be dressed decently. You must switch off the mobile phone. – Who desires to have a guided visit can apply to the church keeper, always present in the church during visiting hours. Booking is not necessary for groups.

Zones of Abbey where visits are permitted: – Exterior: can be visited at all hours of the day and night (the abbey is furnished with nightly illuminations until 11.00 p.m.). – Interior: visits to the nave and side aisles, the ambulatory and crypt under the main altar, are restricted to pre established hours – consult timetable.

Zones of Abbey NOT accessible to visitors: – Exterior: the cloister (visible from the church entrance), the chapter hall, the Community house, the library, the Carolingian crypt. – Interior: the Carolingian chapel (sacristy), the tribunes (matroneum).

Distance from Fonte Bertusi: 30 km – 37 minutes drive time

Driving directions from Fonte Bertusi

GPS: +43° 0′ 1.20″, +11° 30′ 55.31″

Parking: Toll – Decimal coordinates 43.00063,11.517103