Tickets for Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate

A peaceful monastery with amazing Byzantine frescoes and a slice of history

Provider: FAI - Fondo Ambiente Italiano

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Last admission: 30 minutes before closing
Max group size: 10
Smartphone tickets accepted
Wheelchair accessible

What's included

Entrance to the abbey
45 minutes guided tour in Italian (if selected)
  • Located a 10-minute drive through the scenic olive groves outside of Lecce
  • See beautiful Byzantine frescoes and wander immaculate halls, walled gardens, a peaceful cloister, and more
  • Learn about the monastery's history of spiritual life, agriculture, and its sacking at the hands of pirates

Amid the sun-kissed olive groves and lush rolling meadows of Italy's boot heel, this delightful little gem of cultural history was founded after King Tancredi d'Altavilla had a vision of the Madonna.

Since then, the Abbey of Santa Maria Cerrate has been standing for almost 800 years. Once a peaceful Greek Orthodox monastery and successful agricultural center, it was ransacked by Turkish pirates in 1711.

After a long period of restoration, it's now open to the public, and this ticket will grant you access to the glorious 13th-century Byzantine frescoes and architecture within.

Take a scenic 10-minute drive outside of Lecce, and transport yourself back in time to a quiet corner of Italian history at the stunning Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate.

This beautiful Apulian Romanesque monastery retains the peaceful sanctity of its glory days, and is a tranquil alternative to other, busier tourist attractions.

Wander the walled vegetable gardens where monks used to spend their days planting and harvesting produce, see glorious Byzantine frescoes emblazoned upon the walls, and take some time for reflection in the tranquil cloister.

It's a little slice of perfection that adds the perfect bite-sized dose of culture to any stay in Southern Italy.

Show your smartphone ticket at the ticket office to get your paper ticket.

  • Parking is available nearby
  • To check the mass' times please click here and search for the "visit" section
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate
SP100 km 5.900, 73100, Lecce
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  • Rescheduling is possible until 23:59 on the day before your visit.

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Clara,  Italy Italy
14 Aug 2022
Luogo pieno di fascino e silenzio. L’abbazia e’ davvero imponente e be restaurata, disponibili le schede illustrative della chiesa e dei vari luoghi… per finire relax in terrazza..
Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate
Maria,  Italy Italy
19 Aug 2022
È stato facile prenotare e comprare i biglietti per la visita all'abbazia. Trovato personale FAI gentile e preparato. Un'esperienza semplice ma piena di fascino
Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate
Alessandra,  Italy Italy
06 Nov 2022
Sito magnifico. Da visitare assolutamente
Abbey of Santa Maria di Cerrate