Italy Badia a Passignano

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Gert Lucas

About this spot
The beautiful Abbazia di San Michele Arcangelo a Passignano or Badia a Passignano for short, is located in the Colline del Chianti on top of a hill from where you get a beautiful view of the lower vineyards of the wine producer Antinori.

The abbey is first mentioned in a written document from the 9th century. In the 11th century, the abbey was donated to the order of Vallombrosa who kept it until 1810 when Napoleon abolished the abbey and drove out the monks. The entire abbey and associated farms (41 in total) were purchased and rented out from now on. After Napoleon's rule, all possessions were returned in 1818 and the monks returned to the abbey.

However, this song was short-lived, and in 1866 after the unification of Italy, the abbey with all its belongings became the property of the Italian state, which sold it in 1870 to Count Maurizio Dzieduszycki, who turned it into his private home. It was during this period that the facade was rebuilt on the model of many medieval castles and some towers were added.

It was not until 1986 that the abbey returned to the monks of the Vallombrosa order.

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