Art and culture

San Silvestro abbey

Piazza Abbazia - Nonantola - MO - 41015

Phone: +39(0)59/549025

Fax: +39(0)59/546545



Afer 2012 earthquake, it is possible to visit only some part of the Abbey calling the Museum (tel. 0039 059 549025) at the same opening hours of the Museum. For further informations please visit the website:


Admission free

The S. Silvestro Abbey in Nonantola dates back to the VIII century.
It is a suggestive example of Romanesque architecture with its imposing, compact brick structure. It is characterized, in particular, by the Portal with marble uprights and architraves by the Wiligelmo school and the original apse of remarkable beauty.
With a regular interval of quadrilobed pilasters the inside is divided into three naves. The most suggestive part of the church is the crypt where light barely enters, blocked by the 64 columns bearing striking ancient capitals.

Guided tours
Guided tours can be booked calling the parish priest.

From September 4, 2012 it will be possible to visit the interior of the Abbey only for groups with a reservation and with the staff of the Museum. For further informations please contact the Museo Benedettino Diocesano d'Arte Sacra, tel. +39 059/549025, e-mail: