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    TN girl is offline Junior Member - Learning about Tuscany
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    Would like recommendations on monasteries/abbeys to visit as well as formal gardens. My sister and I will be traveling throughout Tuscany in May by rental car and would like to visit the best ones, but don't want to pay a great deal in admission fees. In looking through some information online, it appears that a lot of these are not accessible to the public or charge a great deal to enter. Thank you for your help

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    Default Gardens to visit in May

    Buongiorno,

    Below I cam offering several links to articles about gardens that the DT team has visited over the years, with our impressions and suggestions:

    This is an overview of some of the special gardens within the city center of Florence:
    https://www.visitflorence.com/what-t...-florence.html

    More details on the Boboli gardens - which is truly spectacular: https://www.visitflorence.com/floren...i-gardens.html

    The Bardini Gardens offer amazing views of the city - https://www.visitflorence.com/floren...i-gardens.html

    And of course one of the Medici gardens: https://www.visitflorence.com/what-t...-castello.html

    In Tuscany you should definitely look into this one with Pinocchio:

    https://www.discovertuscany.com/pist...n-collodi.html

    These gardens come with a double treat - villas, and gardens:

    https://www.discovertuscany.com/lucc...-in-lucca.html

    As for monasteries with gardens or parks, some of my favorites are in Casentino:

    https://www.discovertuscany.com/casentino/la-verna.html
    https://www.discovertuscany.com/case...casentino.html
    https://www.discovertuscany.com/case...d-reserve.html

    Buon Viaggio,

    Donna Denise

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    Hello,

    If you haven't defined yet your itinerary, you could consider visiting also:


    - San Galgano Abbey with the sword in the stone (almost 40 km from Siena) -> https://abbazia-san-galgano.business.site/
    - Torri Abbey and its beautiful cloister, located in our area (Sovicille, at 13 km from Siena) -> http://www.prolocosovicille.it/en/territory/torri

    Concerning the gardens, there are other two wonderful places in Sovicille:

    - Villa Cetinale -> https://www.villacetinale.com/
    - Castle of Celsa -> http://www.castellodicelsa.com/

    In both cases, you need to call these structures in order to book a visit.


    Hope we have been helpful and have a wonderful trip!

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    I'll add some more ideas to consider for your itinerary, you'll have a hard time deciding which ones to include

    You could add some that are more particular, off the beaten path as well. I'm including ones all over the region, from Lucca to Val d'Orcia to just outside Florence.

    Our own experience at the Abbey of San Galgano, which we also recommend - https://www.discovertuscany.com/what...n-galgano.html

    Abbey of Sant'Antimo near Montalcino - https://www.discovertuscany.com/mont...nt-antimo.html

    The Monastery/Abbey of Monte Olivetto Maggiore in Crete Senesi - https://www.discovertuscany.com/what...-maggiore.html

    Villa Reale near Lucca has gorgeous gardens, quite large, do need a half day there at least - I really enjoyed them so highly recommend them - https://www.discovertuscany.com/lucc...ear-lucca.html

    The Castello di Brolio near Gaiole in Chianti has a great garden - http://www.chianti.com/gaiole-in-chi...di-brolio.html

    Villa La Foce in the Val d'Orcia is very famous and beautiful - https://www.lafoce.com/it/

    Then there are the Medici villas near Florence, all with stupendous gardens (and free entrance!):
    Castello - https://www.visitflorence.com/what-t...-castello.html
    Petraia - https://www.visitflorence.com/what-t...a-petraia.html
    Pratolino - https://www.discovertuscany.com/muge...lino-park.html
    Poggio a Caiano - https://www.discovertuscany.com/prat...-a-caiano.html

    Let us know which ones you decide on!
    In the beginning stages of planning to come to Tuscany? Make sure to read Where to Stay in Tuscany WITH a car and Where to Stay in Tuscany WITHOUT a car for ideas on where to stay in Tuscany. Also read When to Visit Tuscany to decide when is the best times for your visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TN girl View Post
    Would like recommendations on monasteries/abbeys to visit as well as formal gardens. My sister and I will be traveling throughout Tuscany in May by rental car and would like to visit the best ones, but don't want to pay a great deal in admission fees. In looking through some information online, it appears that a lot of these are not accessible to the public or charge a great deal to enter. Thank you for your help
    For monastries in the Tuscany region, you can head towards some of the biggest in the region, La Verna Sanctuary in Chiusi della Verna,San Miniato al Monte in Florence,Camaldoli Monastery in Poppi,Vallombrosa Abbey in Vallombrosa Reggello, and Montesenario Sanctuary

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    Quote Originally Posted by TN girl View Post
    Would like recommendations on monasteries/abbeys to visit as well as formal gardens. My sister and I will be traveling throughout Tuscany in May by rental car and would like to visit the best ones, but don't want to pay a great deal in admission fees. In looking through some information online, it appears that a lot of these are not accessible to the public or charge a great deal to enter. Thank you for your help
    Some of the best monastries in the Tuscany region are La Verna Sanctuary in Chiusi della Verna,San Miniato al Monte in Florence,Camaldoli Monastery in Poppi,Vallombrosa Abbey in Vallombrosa Reggello, and Montesenario Sanctuary

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