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Our Trip to Italy
(April 08-18, 2018)


Scandicci Tuscany, Italy
April 16, 2018  2:02 PM

Strada di Breve, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Tuscany, Italy

Strada di Badia 12-14, Tvarnelle Val di Pesa Tuscany, Italy
April 16, 2018  2:42 PM

Tavarnelle di Pesa Tuscany, Italy

With the owner of the Airb&b
At Strada di Greve 4/A, Tavrnelle Val di Pesa Tuscany, Italy

Kim-Dung by the olive tree.

Ramen noodle for a quick lunch.

A very happy guy!

The fox came to visit us.

He never saw an Asian before and decided to check it out.

A typical Tuscan home decorated with Tuscan terracotta olive oil jars, "orci".

A painted olive oil jar in the front lawn of the guest house where we stayed.

Tuscany sunset.

We had dinner here at Osteria di Passignano, a 1-star Michelin restaurant.

Via Passignano in Sambuca, Badia a Passignano Tuscany, Italy

My beautiful wife.

Michelin "one star" Restaurant

4 Strada di Greve
Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
Toscana, 500028, Italy
** Rooster is the symbol of Tuscany, French Belgium region **
Con gà trống là biểu tượng của vùng Tuscany, Pháp-Bỉ

Ciao! I am here.. in Tuscany, Italy.

Case nuove di Sopra (New house of Sopra)

We stayed in the guest house on right.
Chúng tôi đă ở trong căn nhà dành cho khách, bên phải.

Cypress trees, the icon of Tuscany.

Abbazia di San Michele Arcangelo a Passignano
the Abbey of Saint Michael Arcangel in Passignano.

Strada Poggio al Vento, Badia a Passignano Tuscany, Italy
Cypress trees leading to Abbazia di San Michele Arcangelo a Passignano,
the Abbey of Saint Michael Arcangel in Passignano.

The Abbey of Passignano belongs to the Benedictine Order of the Abbey of Vallombrosa. It was founded in 1049 by San Giovanni Gualberto and the current structure is a picturesque monastic complex fortified with towers at the corners. In the mid 15 C, the monastery was enlarged and a cloister and a wall were added. The monastery church has interesting paintings by Domenico Crespi (known as Passignano because he was born in the neighbourhood around 1599). In October 1810, the congregation of Vallombrosa was suppressed and the Abbey of Passignano was closed. In December 1825, the community was re-established, but was again removed in 1866 when the Abbey became the property of the Italian government. The monks remained to take care of the church. In October 1870, the Badia a Passignano was auctioned of by the government to a private individual who was responsible for some of the faux antique fortifications. Finally, in October 1986, the Abbey of Passignano was restored to the Benedictine monks of Vallombrosa.

The main structures of Badia a Passignano open onto a courtyard which is reached via an avenue of cypresses. Among the sights of the Abbey is the church of San Michele Arcangelo which dates from the 12 C. The church has a single nave in the shape of a Latin cross. It was rebuilt in the second half of the 16 C and then again in the early 18 C and the mid 19 C. The entrance to the monastery is located in front of the church. Currently, the monastery is occupied by a small community of Vallombrosan monks, one of who might be available on Sunday afternoons to act as a guide. The stone portal dates from the 15 C. The refectory, the kitchen and the rooms that open onto the cloister and the chapterhouse can be visited. Outside the walls of the Abbey is the small village of Passignano with a tower-house of the 12 C and the Church of San Biagio.
(Source: Chianti Travelguide)

- The eleventh century (1080) Catholic church of San Biagio in Badia a Passignano with the clock and bell tower of St Michael Archangel fortress in Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Tuscany, Italy.
- Nhà thờ Công Giáo Thánh Biagio nầy được xây vào năm 1080 thuộc Giáo phận Fiesole, Ư. Phía sau là đồng hồ và tháp chuông của lâu đài Thánh Tổng Lảnh Thiên Thần Mi-ca-e ở vùng Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Tuscany.

"The Last Supper" (1486)
Famous fresco by a renaissance painter from Florence Domenico Ghirlandaio (1448-1494). Bức tranh "Bửa Tiệc Ly" nổi tiếng của hoạ sỹ Domenico Ghirlandaio.

Wine brewery.

Poggio al Sole winery

View from the abbey winery.

Before leaving Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, we drove around the town of Sambuca which is about 2 miles from the abbey.
A beautiful small town with many stone bridges and Tuscan homes typical in the area.

Olive orchard.