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Chiusure

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Chiusure is a small village in the Crete senese in the Province of Siena in Tuscany.

Abbazia di Monte Oliveto

Understand[edit]

The only reason for most visitors to go to Chiusure is not to visit the village itself, but the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, which is up a hill a few hundred metres from the center of the village. Chiusure is about half way between Buonconvento and Asciano, on a road that goes through a unique, pock-marked (Crete senese = Sienese craters), semi-arid region, but the abbey itself is on a hill green with cypresses.

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Car[edit]

Best access is by car, and there is parking available on the hill where the abbey is situated. Note: The road from Asciano is currently closed for repairs, so take the road from Buonconvento.

Bus[edit]

It appears that service from Siena to Chiusure has been discontinued. It is possible to take a bus to Asciano (8 km away, but note that the road is currently closed for repairs) or Buonconvento (9 km away) and then take a taxi.

Train[edit]

Go to Asciano (see note above) or Buonconvento and take a taxi.


Hike[edit]

If you have thoughts of hiking through the Crete senese, plan carefully. The region is a semi-desert, without shade. Make sure to take plenty of water, especially in hot weather, and use a lot of sunscreen.

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The Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore[1], an active monastery which most famously includes beautiful frescoes by Luca Signorelli - Michelangelo's teacher - in the Cloister. There are also frescoes by the Sienese painter, Antonio Bazzi, called "Il Sodoma" ("The Sodomite").

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There is a souvenir shop on top of the hill.

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There is also a restaurant there.

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Pilgrims seeking to have a spiritual retreat can stay at the Monastery Guest House [2] (Italian only), tel. +39 0577 70 76 52, fax: +39 0577 70 76 44, e-mail: foresteria@monteolivetomaggiore.it.; reservations can be made from 9:30-10:00 AM, 2:30-3:00 PM, and 5:30-6:00 PM.

Benedictine Olivetan nuns also offer hospitality (10 beds) to pilgrims at San Nazario, 3 kilometres from Monte Oliveto in the direction of Buonconvento, tel. +39 0577 707018.

Other tourists can stay at Agriturismo di Monte Oliveto Maggiore [3], Podere "Le Piazze," tel./fax: +39 0577 70 72 69, mobile phone: +39 328 7192415, e-mail: azienda.agricola@monteolivetomaggiore.it.

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