Domenica nel Sant’Antimo, Pranzo in Montepulciano, una visita in S. Anna dei Camprena

Daniel wrestles lions in his den

Daniel wrestles lions in his den

Another beautiful drive through Tuscany. Again we drove through Pienza to Montalcino and then south to the Abbey of Sant’ Antimo, the Romanesque church from the 12th century where the monks still perform Mass in Latin with Gregorian chanting. One priest spends almost the whole time swinging his sensor of frankinsence, and the smoke rises up through the natural light pouring through the windows onto the warm stone columns. The Gregorian chanting was beautiful, and we were able to follow along with the Latin in our programs. The monks voices in that medieval setting gave you a strong sense of the deep history of the Church. I also thought of Dad, who used to listen to Gregorian chants on a cassette player near his favorite chair. The church is surrounded by vineyards and includes some comical gargoyles on the exterior.IMG_1867

Due amice!

Due amice!

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Sant' Antimio

Sant’ Antimio

Sant' Antimo: another view

Sant’ Antimo: another view

Little dragon/pig gargolyes

Little dragon/pig gargolyes

Mythological figure: a harpie?

Mythological figure: a harpie?

Interior

Interior

Interior column

Interior column

After Mass, we drove to Montalcino for lunch at La Taverna di Grappolo Blu. And here is a grappolo that we saw in a vineyard near the church.

Un grappolo di uva

Un grappolo di uva

We wandered around Montalcino a bit. I particularly love the cafe in the main piazza that dates to 1888. We had another chance to see Sodoma frescoes, so we detoured on the way home up by Trequanda to Saint Anna di Camprena, an old church and monastery now transformed into an Agriturismo. As luck would have it, you can only view the frescoes between 4 and 6 pm, so once again our plans were obstructed. Still, everywhere we turn, beautiful views.IMG_1889

Sandra and Ali strolling along the cypress row.

Sandra and Ali strolling along the cypress row.

We also enjoyed the last line on this sign. We hope we did not disappoint in our upbringing.IMG_1888
And on the lovely, winding drive home, we had to stop and take a photo of this lovely view of Montepulciano with San Biagio beneath. Now it is pausa. Everything shuts down at the hottest time of the day, and we nap and shower and rest until cena.

Montepulciano in the distance with San Biagio

Montepulciano in the distance with San Biagio

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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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2 Responses to Domenica nel Sant’Antimo, Pranzo in Montepulciano, una visita in S. Anna dei Camprena

  1. sandra062013 says:

    Sara, love YOUR description of the mass, and the incense, etc., you captured it beautifully. And the great pictures of our dinner last night. Can’t believe this is our last day in paradise. It’s been a fabulous trip, thanks for all the hours of planning and googling – we have been rewarded immensely for our planning!

  2. jmkennon says:

    I love the gargoyles! And, I agree with Sandra–your description of the mass was perfect! I think churches in Italy are so inspirational–the art, the beautiful, comforting words of the mass, the serenity.

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