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... are also done if the beautiful hand painted and written books on display in glass cabinets dating from the fifteenth century.
Next we went to the museum, inside were some wonderful paintings, the highlight was the wooden panels that made up a screen for the cathedrals alter depicting the Passion if Christ. From this museum we climbed the 80 or so steps to the viewing gallery, there were great views across the rooftops.
... changed it in August not long before we left the UK. He will have to take a better look at it in the morning. It was very cold again in the evening, we decided to leave the oven on, set on low to keep us warm, as it has a thermostat it worked very well. Our other heating doesn't have a thermostat so sometimes it gets too hot and then we have to switch it off. When we went to bed we set the timer for it to stay on for a few ...
... down by the ages. The monks have given themselves to the vocation of keeping the chanting alive; they practice it five times a day. The church is well out of the way, set in beautiful surrounds, there are tourists (like us) but not crowds and the ambience is sublime. The whole thing was conducted in Latin, so god knows what they were chanting about (yes, I did it again), but it was beautifully done. Five monks from a guy in his 20s to a guy ...
... of Chiusure. Our first day, Giacomo drops us off at the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore and tells us that we can eat at the monastery or can wait and eat at a little town along the seven mile trip back to Buonoconvento. We only stay a few minutes at the monastery before deciding that we can find something better and quicker elsewhere. We are about a 30 minutes into our uphill hike when we wander into the quaint ...
... general public (by appointment) including Banfi and Frescobaldi´s Castelgiocondo estate.
La Fortezza- the 14th century defence castle in Montalcino is fairy tale quality and almost perfectly intact. You can see the ancient walls and towers and the basilica, and inside the castle is a fabulous little wine shop where you can taste and buy the best wines from the region including Brunello, of course.
Sant Antimo Abbey- about 6 miles from ...