On this tour we will discover the fascinating sacred side of the Euganean Hills by visiting the imposing Praglia Abbey and Monteortone Monastery.
The first stop on the Praglia Abbey and Monteortone Monastery tour will take you into the Paduan countryside along the ancient road from Este to Padua, where the majestic Praglia Abbey was built in the 9th century.
With its unique charm, it is divided into four cloisters on four different levels, the Botanical Cloister, the Hanging Cloister, the Double Cloister and the Rustic Cloister.
Room after room, all preserved in an impeccable state, you will walk through the Monastery under the guidance of one of the wise Benedictine monks.
Hidden behind a door is the Biblioteca Antica (unfortunately not open to the public at the moment), a National Monumental Library containing over 100,000 volumes, some of them ancient. This is where Praglia’s tradition developed, the Abbey is in fact one of the major centres of Book Restoration in the whole of Italy.
You will then arrive in the Monumental Refectory with its splendid elegantly inlaid wooden furnishings and religiously themed paintings by Bartolomeo Montagna.
Next is the Chapter House, dating back to the 16th century, which has always hosted the meetings of the monks for important decisions, and is embellished by a splendid full-wall fresco of a Deposition of Christ.
You will conclude your visit to Praglia Abbey with the abbey church which, with its imposing dimensions, welcomes you with its calm austerity, religious silence and the aromatic scent of incense.
The church, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Assumption, has three wide naves and is decorated inside with splendid frescoes by G.B. Zelotti, a well-known painter from the nearby Catajo Castle and numerous Venetian villas.
Finally, you will have some free time to shop for the many products made by the monks. From honey and its derivatives, to wine and herbal liqueurs and many cosmetic and herbal products.
The second stop on your tour of Praglia Abbey and the Monastery of Monteortone is the former Augustinian and now Salesian monastery, whose vast cloister with its original 16th century wellhead can be visited.
After being used as a nursing home, the Monastery housed a Salesian theological institute from 1937 to 1970. Currently the building, no longer linked to the Sanctuary, is a spa hotel run by the same Salesian family.
The structure is strongly linked to the Sanctuary that stands next to it, where the story goes of an apparition of the Madonna and a miraculous healing. On the right of the church, in fact, you can see the place where Pietro Falco was healed: a small cave, nowadays made of masonry, accessed by a ladder, inside which pilgrims can draw the (hot) water believed to be miraculous.
The last visit of the tour dedicated to Praglia Abbey and the Monastery of Monteortone is the church of Monteortone, which incorporated the original oratory and was consecrated in 1435; ruined by a fire, it was rebuilt larger to a design by Pietro Lombardo and re-consecrated in 1495. Today it is an imposing three-nave, Latin-cross building with a tripartite façade and a large Baroque portal in white stone by Matteo Allio (1667). At the back, on the left, is the tall, elegant Gothic bell tower with a cusped roof.
Several votive works of art were stolen from the sanctuary when the Augustinian convent was suppressed by Napoleonic decree (1810), but the church still contains a fine marble stoup by Giovanni Minello and a Madonna and Child attributed to the painter Jacopo Parisati of Montagnana (late 15th century). The most remarkable painting in the church is the large fresco by Jacopo da Montagnana himself that decorates the apse, which is closed at the top by a cross vault.
Guaranteed departure with a minimum of 4 paying adults.
EXPLANATIONS DURING THE TOUR: only touristic guides can and are allowed to explain the monuments, the city and the museums. Accompaniers just help you in case you need it or take you to the most beautiful places chosen for your tour.
MEETINGS: In case the meeting point with the guide/accompanist is in the place of the tour it is necessary to give an active telephone number, which will be given to the guide/accompanist. In case you can’t find the guide/accompanist please call the number +39 333 994 52 88. If you don’t contact us, the agency cannot be retained as responsible.
OPENING TIMES OF THE MONUMENTS: Some monuments are not always open. If you are interested in visiting a special monument, tell us in the moment of request of quotation. In case you don’t asked us, the agency cannot be retained as responsible.
TRANSFER SERVICES: The transfer service for the client, if done with the Minivan of the agency, is included as a transfer service for free and carried out for courtesy only in order to full fill the necessities of the tour.
WEATHER: The tour takes place even in case of bad weather. If the tour is cancelled it is to protect your safety. The tours to Venice take place even in case of high water.
LANGUAGES SPOKEN DURING THE TOURS: Tours could be held in multiple languages at the same time.
RESPECT FOR TIMETABLES AND GROUPS: With the confirmation of the tour, you accept the timetable indicated in the program. In order to have an above-board tour, it will not be possible to change the timetable except it is a decision of the tour leader.
TECHNICAL ORGANIZATION: Lovivo Tour Experience by E3 srl, Viale delle Terme, 107 / B 35031 Abano Terme (Padua), T. +39 049 2969340 F. +39 049 2969349, e-mail email@example.com www.lovivo.it,EUROP ASSISTANCE Insurance Policy n. 9040153, Guarantee Fund: IL SALVAGENTE s.c. a r.l. n. 2020 / 1- 3114, Authorization of the Province of Padua 1226 of reg. of 18.08.2016.
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