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Montaione

Montaione is an Italian town near Florence in Tuscany, it is part of the valley of Elsa river. Located about 35 kilometres (22 miles), southwest of Florence. The castles of Iano, Camporena, Vignale, Collegalli, Figline (or Filicaja), Barbialla, Castelfalfi, Tonda, Sughera, Scopeto are part of this town. The “frazione” Filicaja is known as the starting point of “Antonio da Filicaja” for the invasion of Pisa by the Fiorentine army, in 1509. Also the “Italian Horse Protection Association” (IHP), has its main base in Montaione Frazione Filicaja: Main Sights in Montaione are the church of “San Regolo” where we can find the “Madonna del Buonconsiglio” by the painter “Guido di Graziano” (late 13th century).
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Castelfalfi

Castelfalfi Show position

LOCATION: on the western perimeter of a residential-hotel area, known as the Village of Castelfalfi, on the road which goes from San Gimignano, passing through Camporbiano, Il Castagno d'Elsa and San Vivaldo.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: the site on which Castelfalfi now stands was a Byzantine fortification which, in the 6th century, was given to the Longobards, who altered and enlarged it and at the same time named it Castelfalfi in honour of a legendary character. Later the castle belonged to the Gherardesca family and then a certain Ranieri in 1139 ceded it to the Bishop of Volterra.
In 1230 it became subjected to the jurisdiction of San Miniato but it kept a certain autonomy and was allowed to become a free Comune in 1312. Later It successfully attacked the troops of the Emperor Henry 7th. In 1554, Castelfalfi was seriously damaged by the men of Piero Strozzi, then it was completely rebuilt and changed into a villa for the Biondi family, who, in the eighteen hundreds created a flourishing wine producing farming estate.
DESCRIPTION: an imposing complex made entirely of stone, consisting of a main central core and two lateral towers. At the base of the building there is a surrounding wall with semi-circular bastions. On its eastern side, there is the Village of Castelfalfi.

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Il Muraccio

Il Muraccio Show position

LOCATION: on the left side of the road which goes from San Gimignano to Montaione, passing through Camporbiano, Il Castagno d'Elsa and Boscotondo, before villa da Filicaja, which is on the right side of that road.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: this is an area which has been inhabited since the Etruscan period and there was built a cistern, probably in the third century, composed of three linked basins or ponds, in order to collect water of several springs which exist near Poggio all’Aglione. The water was used by the owners of a large Roman villa located immediately in the north side of the area, which continued to work probably while the villa was in use. Then it was probably demolished in order to use its materials for the construction of other buildings.
DESCRIPTION: the cistern, which is made of three rectangular basins linked together with cemented material, has a total capacity of 200,000 liters of water. The basins, each perfectly plastered internally, were at one time covered by barrel vaulted roofs, no longer in existence.
Abandoned for centuries and left to decay, so much so that the cistern was named “Il Muraccio”, but the basins have been carefully restored in an appropriate environment to keep their archaeological value.

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San Vivaldo

San Vivaldo Show position

LOCATION: in the middle of a forest and a deviation on the left of the road which leads from Montaione to San Gimignano, passing through Il Castagno d'Elsa and Camporbiano.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: built during the beginning of the fifteen hundreds, the 34 “Chapels of the Sacred Mountain” or “Jerusalem in Tuscany”, were consecrated in 1515, but over the years were reduced in number.
DESCRIPTION: today 17 chapels contain terracotta works of the Robbia School (Giovanni della Robbia and Benedetto Buglioni), which represent episodes of the life of Christ, with a particular reference to his last years and the way to calvary.

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Santuario della Pietrina

Santuario della Pietrina Show position

LOCATION: set among the ruins of the Castello della Pietrina on the left of a local road which leads from Montaione to Palagio, passing through Iano.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: the first records of the existence of a small church dedicated to the Saints Andrea and Agata, as part of the castle of Pietrina, date back to 1234.
After its conversion into a sanctuary, this religious building slowly fell into disuse, until the restore in the 19th century and again in the 20th.
DESCRIPTION: only the facade, almost completely covered by plaster, is visible.
The base of the structure is made of stone and brick and at the centre, above the entrance door and the architrave, there is a rose window with two lateral side windows and a tower with a bell gable above.

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Vignale Vecchio

Vignale Vecchio Show position

LOCATION: in an isolated position on a deviation of the road that goes from Montaione to Iano passing through San Vivaldo.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: the first document that confirms the existence of the castle of Vignale, is a grant given by the Emperor Barbarossa Federico I, in 1161 for unclear reasons. A second document was issued in 1186 by the Empereor Enrico VI and deals with a donation of a half of the castle of Vignale to the Bishop of Volterra. Other documents are dated 1209, 1240, 1338 and 1426. Then there was a period of deterioration ending with the birth of a new settlement known as Vignale Nuovo. In any case Vignale Vecchio survived till the end of 20th century, after which it was completely abandoned.
DESCRIPTION: the relics of this ancient village-castle consist of crumbling walls made of stone and brick, with traces of windows and leaning walls.

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San Floriano a Castelfalfi

San Floriano a Castelfalfi Show position

LOCATION: in an isolated position near the small urban centre of Castelfalfi on the road which goes from San Gimignano passing through Camporbiano and Il Castagno d'Elsa to San Vivaldo.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: the church was built at the beginning of the fifteen hundreds over a building used for religious purposed which was destroyed during a war.
The new construction, similar to its predecessor withe the reuse of its materials, included a loggia which was demolished in the 20th century, because it was in contrast with the medieval architectural design of the building.
DESCRIPTION: the building looks medieval and it was built with cut squared stone. The enriched, attractive entrance door in the simple facade precedes a wide stairway. On the right there is a substantial bell tower.

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Un grazie infinito a  @blackcat83 per questo splendido particolare di una delle chiese romaniche più belle della provincia senese ・・・
Particolare della porta dell'Abbazia di Santa Maria Assunta a Coneo, nei pressi di Colle Val d'Elsa.

Le prime notizie sono dell’anno 1061, come edificio di culto appartenente all’Ordine Vallombrosano, ma la consacrazione ufficiale della chiesa è del 1123.
L’importanza dell’Abbazia di Coneo fu dovuta al patronato di nobili famiglie, tra le quali i signori di Picchena. Poi vi fu la decadenza e i restauri del XVIII secolo.

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The #church of #sanvivaldo ⛪️❤️
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Grazie a  @poppi7364 per questo scatto
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#aroundsiena #betuscan #discovertuscany #igerstoscana #ig_toscana #shareyourtuscany #instavaldelsa #volgotoscanaGrazie a @portanova_hosteria_enoteca per averci permesso il Repost ・・・
#valdelsaintoscana 📖 #ConosciColle 📖 Il Palazzo dei Priori ha una struttura risalente al XIII, XIV secolo e una facciata con elementi decorativi affrescati. Dopo vari interventi di restauro ospita il Museo civico e d'arte sacra, a cui si accede da una scala laterale. Il Museo ospita opere di Simone Ferri, Rutilio Manetti, Girolamo Genga, Pier Francesco Fiorentino, Antonio Tempesti e altri che vanno dal XIII secolo fino al secolo scorso. Di particolare interesse il busto marmoreo di Lorenzo Usimbardi, opera di Felice Palma (XVII secolo).
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la natura e l'uomo possono ancora convivere in pace, volendo!

#valdelsaintoscana #instavaldelsa 
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Some weeks ago we went to #Certaldo, a beautiful and charming village in Tuscany.
This is the place where the famous Italian writer, Boccaccio was born.
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Read about it on my blog ➡ Viaggi che mangi - Eat That Trip! (Link in bio)

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#igerstoscana #bellezzedellatoscana #toscana #volgofirenze #shareyourtuscany #tuscanylandscape #valdelsa #toskana #yallersitalia #ig_italia #borghiditalia #autunnoneiborghi2017 #italia_inunoscatto #italiastyle20 #tuscany #tuscanygram #travelblogger #viaggichemangi #traveldrops #yallersworld #map_of_europeUn bellissimo scatto di @ely_betty65 su piazza Arnolfo. Complimenti!
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#colledivaldelsa #piazza #arnolfo #valdelsaintoscana #aroundsiena #betuscan #toscana_super_pics #toscanatour. #igerstoscana #volgosiena #shareyourtuscanyRiproponiamo lo splendido scatto di @aurihelenpaiva che ci mostra un luogo che vale la pena visitare: le Caldane di Gracciano
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Casa d'Arnolfo di Cambio. 
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Vista dalla torre della casa di Boccaccio... #valdelsaintoscana #instavaldelsa #certaldo #certaldoalto #boccaccio #aroundsiena #betuscan #discovertuscany #toscana #tuscany #toskana #toscana_amoremio #igerstoscana #likes_toscana #vivotoscana #tuscanybuzz #reportage_toscana #life_toscana #tuscanygram #igersitalia #volgotoscana #volgofirenze  #like4follow #loves_toscana