The Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo in Passignano is a monastery of the Congregation Vallombrosana situated in the territory of the Chianti hills , in Passignano, near the town of Greve in Chianti , in the province of Florence (South of Florence).
The monastery of Vallombrosa , in the eleventh century is known for the work of Giovanni Gualberto , who died here in 1073 . Repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt, now looks more like a castle than a monastic community.
The dedication to St. Michael the Archangel so called’”warrior angel” by the people of Germanic. A legend says that the he killed a dragon that was attacking the castle by his sword.
Badia a Passignano was auctioned and sold on 7 October 1870 to Count Maurice Dzieduszycki because the Italian government did not know what to do, at that time the property included 39 farms covering a total, including forests, of 1,264 acres.
The monks left in 1875 an built in place of an old building the current rectory on the left side of the abbey church.
Several owners have followed in the course of the 114 years.
The 10 October 1986 the monks of Vallombrosa regained possession of the monastery. That day was held the inauguration ceremony attended by many monks gathered from various monasteries, the Abbot General of the Congregation, the Bishop of Fiesole and the inhabitants of the village.
You can visit the crypt I the chapel of st. John Gualberto, the sacristy, the frescos in the cathedral of Pistoia and the paintings painted by Alessandro Allori in 1580.
How to get there?
It is about 113 km from La Mucchia, you take the superstrada to Siena, continue to Monteriggioni, then to Colle val délsa, to Poggibonsi and to Tavarnelle Val pesa, you will see signs Sambuca and immediately after the Abby of san Michlele Arcangelo (Badia a Passignano).