|this corner of the main square preserves glimpses of how the monastery must have looked|
Beautifully lit by floor spotlights and in a glistening, pale stone, perhaps unpolished granite, after the gloom of the church above, the crypt literally takes your breath away. Probably built after the church in the 11th century (although opinions vary), the crypt is of Greek cross design and its thirty-six columns are decorated with different motifs, most with only their capitals variously carved, others with designs over the length of the column.
|the tailor's doorway|
|the blacksmith's workshop|
|this plaque records the murder by Fascists of a local partisan|
|winter solstice pyre or fiaccola in Abbadia San Salvatore|
|cheerful shopfront on the way to the medieval village: this lady sells local and her own homemade produce in a shop where everything is piled higgledy-piggledy in joyous abundance|