Monthly Archives: April 2016

SAN GIMIGNANO, TOWN OF THE MEDIEVAL TOWERS

San Gimignano, town of the medieval Towers. Soaring on a hilltop overlooking Valdelsa, in a territory most certainly inhabited in Etruscan times, the town is an outstanding testimonial to medieval Tuscan urban planning. It was already an important market centre in the 10C, at the crossroads of important routes. In the 13C it...

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14 April 2016

THE MEDIEVAL BORGO OF GARGONZA

The tiny village of the medieval Borgo of Gargonza is situated a few kilometres from Monte San Savino, at the boundary between the Val d’Ambra and the Val d’Orcia, along State Road 73.

The landscape context is one of the most suggestive in the western Valdichiana: the castle is built on a...

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12 April 2016

THE VALDICHIANA VALLEY

The Valdichiana Valley is a green, well-cultivated dale about 100 km long, located between the plains of Arezzo and Orvieto, surrounded by mountains and hill clad with silvery olive groves, and including the hydrographic basin of the Canale Maestro della Chiana.

Human settlements in the Valdichiana have really ancient origins. The various...

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8 April 2016

THE ABBEY OF FARNETA

The Abbey of Farneta, dedicated to Santa Maria, rises on the small hill of Farneta, close to the beautiful town of Cortona, and excluded from the phenomenon of becoming a marsh thanks to the 320 metres of altitude that characterize it.

The foundation of the original monastery is reportedly to be attributed...

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6 April 2016

THE CASTLE OF MONTECCHIO VESPONI

The name of the Castle of Montecchio Vesponi derives from a corruption of “Castrum Montis Guisponi”, a name acquired from the last name of the Aretine family that originally owned the locality. This small fortress, built on a “monticulus” at an altitude of 364 metres a.s.l., has been documented ever since the 11th...

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1 April 2016