Andiamo al Monte Oliveto Maggiore e Pranzo in Trequanda

Today we drive off into the Tuscan hills to a Benedictine monastery and lunch at Conte Matto in the village of Trequanda. Caroline is en route via Amsterdam to Minneapolis to Austin. Karl is fishing in an Ansterdam canal. We started the day with our regular cappuccini at Politziano.

Cappuccini nel Poliziano

We had a lovely drive through the Tuscan hills with Kurt driving and me navigating. We ended up making an error and turning the wrong way before realizing it. We lost about an hour from our mistake, but we saw isolated hills with sheep, a shepherd, and a sheep dog or wolf. Our time loss would come to hurt us later, however.  We arrived at the isolated abbey, which is still home to forty working monks. They did not charge us a fee, although Ali and Sandra had to adjust their outfits with shawls. However, as we were marveling at the fabulous frescoes by Sodoma and Lucca Signorelli, a monk walked the courtyard to ring a bell that they were closing until 3 pm. We were so disappointed because the frescoes were truly amazing in the natural light of the courtyard, in their naturalism and beauty and detail. The cycle tells the life of St.Benedict.

Della Robbia ceramic sculpture

Abbazia. di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

Dress code enforcement

Benedict instructs the contadini (peasants).

Benedict instructs the contadini (peasants).

Acting as docent

Acting as docent

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Benedict instructs in the construction of twelve monasteries.

How Benedict Receives the Two Boys from Rome: Maurus and Placid

How Benedict Receives the Two Boys from Rome: Maurus and Placid

How the Devil Breaks the Bell

How the Devil Breaks the Bell

How Benedict Obtains Flour in Abundance and Restores the Monks

How Benedict Obtains Flour in Abundance and Restores the Monks

How  a priest, inspired by God, brings food to Benedict on Easter.

How a priest, inspired by God, brings food to Benedict on Easter.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Next we drove to the village of Trequanda to eat at a highly rated Slow Food restaurant. We are on a panoramic terrace, but it was getting a little hot today. The food was fabulous, especially this salad and cheese plate which we all sampled with jams at the end

Pranzo nel Conte Matto

Pranzo nel Conte Matto

 

“Warm” Caprese salad. Kurt’s menu said “Worm.”

Formaggi Piatto

Formaggi Piatto

Little church of Trequanda. I love the checkerboard facade.

Little church of Trequanda. I love the checkerboard facade.

Austrian bicyclists who truly earned their lunch.

Austrian bicyclists who truly earned their lunch.

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About ssteven2

I'm a reader, writer, swimmer, and school librarian. I love my summers so I can travel.
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One Response to Andiamo al Monte Oliveto Maggiore e Pranzo in Trequanda

  1. sandra062013 says:

    Sara, just got a chance, waking up early this morning, to catch up on your blog. It is wonderful. The photos are beautiful (thanks for sharing in my moment of Iphoto crisis!), and your commentary is lovely and concise, not rambling on and on, like mine! I envy that. What an adventure we’ve had – and we still have two more full days. We are blessed.

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