Accomodation

Abbadia San Salvatore.

Abbadia San Salvatore.

Historical and Touristic Notes

Abbadia San Salvatore takes its name from an ancient Benedictine abbey, founded before the middle of the eighth century, at the time of King Ratchis who, according to legend, during a hunting trip on the mountain, had a vision of the Savior on a fir tree.

The abbey of the S.S.mo Salvatore al Monte Amiata, of which Erfo, a Lombard nobleman, was the first abbot, was born to evangelize the mountain and to control the road in the Val di Paglia which in the Carolingian era became the Via Francisca, so called for the first time in a parchment of the abbey in the year 876.

Like the royal abbeys of Berceto, Sesto, Sant’Antimo, San Salvatore also had a close relationship with the strengthening of the road that led from Pavia to Rome. Charlemagne stopped there in 800 when his army, struck by the plague, was cured by the Benedictine monks.

San Salvatore controlled the villages existing on the road in Val di Paglia as: Callemala, with its taverns, the church of Santa Cristina and about three hundred inhabitants; Voltole with the church of San Pietro (to be identified with the Sce Peitr in Pail of the itinerary of Sigerico) and about four hundred inhabitants; Burburigo with the church of Santa Maria and about fifty inhabitants.

Oddone abbot of Cluny stayed in the abbey between 938 and 949. The importance of the monastery as a place of pilgrimage and veneration is recalled by the large number of relics, over 500, and references in the early medieval diplomas of the emperors, the pilgrims begging at the door of the monastery. Among the many relics preserved, we recall in addition to those of the life of Jesus Christ, the Apostles, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Columbanus, St. Frediano, St. Thomas of Canterbury (Thomas Becket) also a fragment of the Holy Shroud.

The abbey had a fundamental role in organizing, in the high Middle Ages, the road in the south of Tuscany, as attested also by the possession in 962 of a tavern in Acquapendente. Starting from the second half of the twelfth century began to prevail a route of the Francigena to Radicofani, however, until the end of the sixteenth century, the way of the valley continued to coexist with the route to Radicofani.

The Abbey

The abbey church, rebuilt under the abbot Winizo, was consecrated in 1036 in the presence of Poppone of Carinzia Patriarch of Aquileia and eighteen between cardinals and bishops.

The facade with the two towers is in westwerk style, a motif of Carolingian and Ottonian architecture, while the crypt, traditionally called Longobard, is an example of premier art roman. The cloister, partly preserved, is the one rebuilt at the end of the 16th century.

The relations with the empire and the Francigena explain the precious objects of art preserved:

the Chasuble of St. Mark, a sciamite cope of the 8th century;
the Irish Scots reliquary from the 7th century;
the wooden Crucifix of the end of the XI century, perhaps by an artist from Burgundy or Westphalia or Swabia;
the reliquary bust of St. Mark Pope of 1381.

In the church you can see a copy of the Amiatina Bible, made in the monasteries of Jarrow and Wearmouth in Northumbria, venerated and admired also by Pope Pius 2 Piccolomini during his stay in the abbey in 1462, when the monastery was inhabited by Cistercian monks. The abbey was suppressed in 1783. The Cistercians returned in 1936 but, currently, the church of the abbey complex is one of the two parishes of Abbadia San Salvatore.

The Village

The compact and populous medieval village, built by the abbots at the end of the 12th century, was disputed between Orvieto and Siena in the 13th century, until it came under Sienese control in 1347.

The Church of Santa Croce, built in the early thirteenth century and rebuilt in the early nineteenth century, preserves a beautiful baptismal font of 1509 with the coat of arms of the Piccolomini family.

The palace of the Commune and tower, of the end of the XIII century, preserves on via Cernaia the beautiful medieval facing and a mullioned window with small column.

The Church of Santa Maria, leaning against the Castellina, the first urban nucleus, preserves a beautiful Renaissance portal, while the Church of San Leonardo on the road of the village that led to the mills presents Gothic arches and, on the facade, a cross of hierosolimitana invoice.

Many houses have Gothic and Romanesque architectural and decorative elements. There are also several well-preserved palaces five – seventeenth century, some belonging to important families such as Gotti, Petruccini, Fracassini, Carli, present in a building fabric of simple houses inhabited by a population of farmers, shepherds, woodcutters, carpenters, potters, blacksmiths, furriers.

During the medieval party of the first ones of July, and above all for the Fiaccole, the evening of the eve of Christmas, when piles of wood burn all the night, in the suburb an atmosphere full of ancient suggestions is lived. In the mining museum is narrated the history of the mercury mine, opened in 1897 by German technicians and bankers.

How to reach the town:
By car
From Florence: Siena Sud – Strada SS n° 2 Cassia – San Quirico d’Orcia, signposted Monte Amiata.
From Rome: Exit A1 Orvieto in direction SS Cassia for Monte Amiata
From Grosseto: Superstrada for Siena, Exit Paganico for Monte Amiata.
From Perugia: for Chiusi – Chianciano Terme, direction SS Cassia for Monte Amiata.
From Viterbo: SS Cassia exit at km 153,5. By train: railway station Chiusi – Chianciano Terme and bus to Abbadia San Salvatore.
By bus
from Rome/Viterbo COTRAL lines (departure from Acquapendente at 14:30)
from Siena passing through Buonconvento and S. Quirico TIEMME lines
Bus lines – for transfers on the Via Francigena Stages (Acquapendente and San Quirico d’Orcia)
Abbadia San Salvatore – Acquapendente / Acquapendente-Abbadia San Salvatore
Abbadia San Salvatore – Rome / Rome-Abbadia San Salvatore
Abbadia San Salvatore – Siena / Siena- Abbadia San Salvatore
Cab Service

Amiata Viaggi – Autonoleggio Forti – Via Udine 10- 53021 Abbadia S. Salvatore tel 0577-778810 0577 -778171 info@amiataviaggi.it

Abbadia San Salvatore Information Office:

Accoglienza Turistica-Orari Bus tel. 0577-770361

Receptive structures

Tipology

Name

Address

Phone

Email

 

Affittacamere

I Canneggiatori

Via Cavour, 82

+39 0564959010

 

Affittacamere

Il Biancospino

Via Adua, 33

334 344 5885

Info@Bbilbiancospino.Com

Affittacamere

Viti Giorgio

S.Angelo 42

0577/777193

Systembasic@Email.It

Agriturismo

Biagiotti

Loc. Podere Biagiotti Strada Provinciale 65

335 704 7562

Agriturismobiagiotti@Virgilio.It

Agriturismo

Fonte Magria

Loc. Fonte Magria, 158

+39 3395323586

 

Agriturismo

Trefossata

Località Trefossata 196

347 210 3923

Info@Trefossata.It

Albergo

Adriana

Via Serdini 76

0577 778116

Hoteladriana@Alice.It

Albergo

Cesaretti

Via Trento 37

0577 778198

Info@Albergocesaretti.Com

Albergo

Fabbrini

Via Cavour, 53

0577 779911

Hotelfabbrini@Yahoo.It

Albergo

Gambrinus

Via Esasseta, 40

0577 778307

Info@Hotelgambrinusamiata.Com

Albergo

General Cantore

Località Secondo Rifugio Cantore,70

0577 789704

Albergogeneralecantore@Alice.It

Albergo

Giardino

Via I Maggio, 63

0577 778106

Hotel.Giardino@Iol.It

Albergo

Italia

Viale Roma, 30

0577 778007

Info@Albergoitaliamiata.Com

Albergo

K2

Via Del Laghetto, 15

0577 778609

Hotelk2@Hotelk2.Net

Albergo

La Bocca Di Bacco

Via Cavour, 80,

0577 777624

Info@Laboccadibacco.It

Albergo

La Bussola

Via Adua, 11/13

0577 778037

Info@Albergobussola.Com

Albergo

La Capannina

Vetta Amiata

0577 789713

Info@Albergolacapannina.It

Albergo

La Croce

Località Pianello

0577 164 5808

Info@Albergolacroce.Com

Albergo

Milano

Via Della Pace, 74

0577 778073

Info@Albergomilano.Net

Albergo

Olimpia

Via Trieste, 22

0577 778250

Info@Albergoristoranteolimpia.It

Albergo

Parco Erosa

Via Remedi, 108

0577 776326

Parcoerosa@Parcoerosa.It

Albergo

Piccolo Hotel Aurora

Via Piscinello, 51

0577 778173

Info@Piccolohotelaurora.Com

Albergo

Relais San Lorenzo

Località San Lorenzo, 8

0577 785003

Info@Relaissanlorenzo.It

Albergo

Roma

Via Giacomo Matteotti, 34

0577 778015

Albergoroma@Virgilio.It

Albergo

Sella

Localita’ Vetta Amiata

0577 789747

Info@Albergosella.It

B&B

Gli Archi

Via Cavour, 2 

+39 3299694086

 

Casa Per Ferie

Nisi Dominus

Via Mentana, 31

0577 778310

Nisidominus@Alice.It

Casa Per Vacanze

Chalet Galli

Loc. Cantore Ii  Rifugio 73

+39 331 6871167

 

Locazioni Turistiche

Baita Dei Faggi

Via Monte Amiata – Loc. Primo Rifugio

+39 3474778389

 

Locazioni Turistiche

Balconcino

Piazza Della Repubblica

+39 057777205

 

Locazioni Turistiche

Borgo

Via Nazionale

+39 0577777205

 

Locazioni Turistiche

Cristina Contorni

Via Monastero

+39 3669440703

 

Locazioni Turistiche

Gori Silvano

Via Esasseta

+39 3285658518

 

Locazioni Turistiche

Ilaria Simonetti

Via Delle Primule

+39 0577778515

 

Locazioni Turistiche

La Faggiola

Loc Primo Rifugio Amiatino

+39 0577777205

 

Locazioni Turistiche

Lavanda

Via Pian Della Maddalen

+39 3357238376

 

Locazioni Turistiche

Marrom Glacè

Altone – Loc. Abbadia San Salvatore

+39 338147657