The Abbeys, Basilicas and Monasteries of the Tuscan countryside and
villages are sometimes overlooked as we enthusiastically feast on
the masterpieces in the churches of Florence, Sienna and the other
"art" cities of Tuscany. In fact there are Abbeys, Basilicas, Monasteries, Hermitages and Parish Churches
in every corner of Tuscany, many of them of great architectural
beauty and interest, and often in wonderful locations. One or two,
such as the
of San Galgano, are ruins, but most are very well-preserved and often fulfilling
their religious purposes to this day. Gregorian Chant may still be heard
several times a day at Sant'Antimo and some monasteries offer accommodation.
More about the Abbeys of Tuscany.