Monastero di Sant'Antonio in Polesine

Monastero di Sant'Antonio in Polesine, Ferrara

Monastero di Sant'Antonio in Polesine

Monastero di Sant'Antonio in Polesine
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Maria M
Moscow, Russia422 contributions
Da vedere!
Apr 2019 • Solo
Amazing frescoes! This is a small monastery, and to see the internal church you should ring the bell, one of the nuns will open the door and let you in, guiding to the frescoes. A real hidden gem!
Written 8 February 2020
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loulou089
england355 contributions
Lovely frescos
Sep 2019 • Couples
Went here half an hour before the 5:30 vespers. Shown around the chapel and the beautiful frescos. There are workmen there carrying out very noisy work! Yes we rang the bell to go into the chapel. We then went to the church to hear the nuns chanting. Sadly only 12 Benedictine nuns now. Humbling.
Written 5 September 2019
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Diane K
Venice, FL3,629 contributions
Lovely experience
Jun 2019 • Couples
As others have said check the website to confirm the hours the monastery is open. We rang the bell on the door to the right as you enter (see attached Pic). When they ask you what you want - say you want to see the chapel - they buzz the door and you can then open it. A very gracious Benedictine nun showed us around. She spoke in Italian - but since we have a Christian background we could generally make out what she was saying when she showed us around. No pictures were allowed - but we bought a postcard at the end and made a donation. Nice experience.
Written 28 June 2019
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Lucie M
Vancouver, Canada177 contributions
Heavenly frescoes
Apr 2019 • Couples
We were bowled over by the wonderful frescoes, reminiscent of Giotto. We were lucky enough to have one of the sisters in the convent, a Benedictine nun, explain the images - it was magical.
Written 29 April 2019
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Stéphane L
Paris, France494 contributions
Fantastic...Really gorgeous but mind the nuns are savvy with electricity so choose a sunny day
Feb 2019 • Couples
we visited at the end of the day and were quite frustrated by the feeble light (some of the magnificent frescoes were hard to admire as the sun was setting and the nun would not light the frescoes despite our demands).
We were the 2 of us and the nun who had us visit the chapel.
The nun herself is an experience in her own capacity, she whispered some inaudible French we tried to understand, but was a nice person per se.
The frescoes are of excellent quality just choose 12H or good sun conditions as seing them in half obscurity was a pain in the neck...
Written 3 March 2019
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Tomek K
New York City, NY208 contributions
Rarely open
Jul 2018 • Solo
The church is a little bit further from other attractions of the historical centre of Ferrara, so it takes ~15-20min to get there. Remember to check the current opening times - when I visited, they were only open 9:30-11:30 and 15:15-16:45! A total of 3.5h per day! For a UNESCO -listed city like Ferrara, that lists this monastery as one of the major tourist attractions, it's a joke that its opening hours are so short, split apart by a 4-hour break. Time your visit VERY carefuly!
Written 13 August 2018
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SelbyDale
Saint Paul, MN172 contributions
Lovely in Every Way
May 2018 • Couples
This 17th century Benedictine monastery is the home for a small group of nuns that tend the complex. When you enter the church you will be on the side where one sits for services. On the other side of the grill is the decorated chapels with the beautiful frescoes by the school of Giotto. To see these, you must leave the church and turn immediately to the left where you will see a door with a doorbell. Ring and ask to see the chapel. They will buzz the door, but you must push it open to enter.

A nun will meet you, take you to the church and give you a brief tour in Italian of each of the decorated chapels. You will not have a lot of time in the church. After, you will be taken to the tomb of Beatrice d' Este in the area of the gift shop. Here for sale are the soaps and candles made by the nuns and a box where you can leave a donation.

We timed our visit for the end of the day so that we could attend the daily 17:00 Vespers service in the outer chapel. To see the frescoes, you will need to arrive at the church at least a half hour before closing--any later and you will be turned away.

Hours to view the frescoes:
Monday to Friday: 9.30-11.30/ 15.15-17.00.
Saturday: 9.30-11.30/ 15.15-16.30.
Written 31 May 2018
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Hendrik_NL
Vlaardingen, The Netherlands7,154 contributions
Authentic
May 2018 • Couples
This isn't a place for mass tourism. Luckily. No room for parking the car (or the coach) there. Parking is for residents of that Ferrara area only. So we had to walk. Arriving at the monastery, after walking a number of cobble stoned streets in the historic center of Ferrara, we had to ring at the front door of the monastery. The door was opened by a nun and we asked permission to see the church. The nun guided us to the church and we had the opportunity to admire authentic medieval wall paintings by Giotto. The nun explained about the symbolic of the paintings (all in Italian) and told us about the daily routine of singing and praying. The way after the tour led through a small shop with products from the monastery. The tour is free, but we were happy to put money in the offer box, because the visit to the monastery church of San'Antonio di Polesine is so authentic and unique. It is a complete different world from the well known churches, overrun by tourist groups and this church had the priceless Giotto wall paintings all the same.
Written 30 May 2018
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AnneSpecial
116 contributions
A hidden Gem!
Apr 2018 • Solo
A made a return visit to Ferrara to visit this monster and to view the frescoes in the chapel. I wasn't disappointed. Although there are specific opening times, you still need to ring a bell and to be let in by a nun who takes you to the chapel and gives information in Italian about the artwork, the nuns life and the monastery. Even if you don't understand a lot of Italian, just to view the exquisite artwork is worth going. A small donation is encouraged through a small purchase of a souvenir or religious based item.
Written 9 April 2018
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Jose_el_Sabio
Fiume Veneto, Italy61 contributions
Worth it
Feb 2018 • Couples
Ring the bell, a nun will guide you to the private part of the church with beautiful frescoes (Giotto school) and 1400 wooden choir from where they pray 4 times per day.
The grave of Beatrice d'Este is also inside.
The cloister must be lovely during good season.
At the end of the tour you can buy many object (icons, doily, candles...) homemade by the nuns themselves.
Written 4 February 2018
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