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San Gimignano

Italian historical town near Siena in Tuscany. It is part of the valley of Elsa river. Located about 35 kilometres (22 miles), North of Siena, known as the “Town of Fine Towers”, San Gimignano is famous for its medieval architecture, unique in the preservation of sixteen towers surrounded by walls that form “an unforgettable skyline”. The Historic Centre of San Gimignano is a UNESCO world heritage. The town is also known for the wine “Vernaccia di San Gimignano” produced from the ancient variety of Vernaccia grapes which is grown on the sandstone hillsides of the area. Main sights: the Palazzo Comunale, the Collegiate Church and Church of Saint Agostino containing frescos, dated back to the 14th and 15th century.
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Castelvecchio in Valdelsa

Castelvecchio in Valdelsa Show position

LOCATION: in an isolated position on the summit of a hill near from Il Caggio. It can be reached by proceeding along a deviation on the right of the road that goes from San Gimignano to Volterra, passing through Castelsangimignano.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Pope Lucio II in 1144 decided that “Castrum Vetus” (old castle), or Castelvecchio, had to be under the control of the Bishop of Volterra.
The Bishop himself, Ildebrando de’ Pannocchieschi, ceded the property in 1210 to the Municipality of San Gimignano, and as a result Castelvecchio became the battleground of many wars between San Gimignano and Volterra.
When it ceased to be used for military purposes, Castelvecchio was abandoned by its citizens and declared a plague area in 1485.
The local church was still existed in the 19th century, but the impenetrable woods overgrew everything until some twenty years ago when a group of voluntary workers decided to clean up the site.
DESCRIPTION: thanks to the work of volunteers, many of the ruins of Castelvecchio have miraculously emerged from the woods, like the surrounding walls, the church, the bastions and the main buildings. This work continues in spite of many difficulties.

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Santuario di Pancole

Santuario di Pancole Show position

LOCATION: in the middle of a group of buildings which form part of the village of Pancole on a local road at about 4 Km. from San Gimignano.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: on the 2nd May 1668 a marble altar table was discovered in the middle of an oak forest, by a mute child who miraculously acquired the ability to speak. By popular desire, a sanctuary was built on the spot and consecrated on 14th September, 1727.
The sanctuary was severely damaged during the Second World War, but later rebuilt by popular consensus.
DESCRIPTION: the building, with a latin cross plan, has a central cupola, surrounded by a portico. Internally, a picture of the Madonna with Child, found in the forest mentioned above, has been placed above the high altar.

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Santa Maria Assunta a Cellole

Santa Maria Assunta a Cellole Show position

LOCATION: in a dominant position on the right of the road linking San Gimignano to Gambassi Terme and Montaione, passing through Camporbiano.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: the church dates back to the 11th century, according to records referring to Cellole, where, in 1150, a church was built with a single nave and about fifteen metres in length. It was enlarged in 1233 to its present size. It was declared a national monument in 19th century, then it collapsed for unknown reasons so it was restored with modifications of the facade and the apse.
DESCRIPTION: the church is a Romanesque structure, built carefully in aligned squared stones. The facade is simple and harmonious with a central characteristic door with two lateral pilasters and a capitol of different size, dominated by a stone arch which and a mullioned window. Internally there are three naves with a central apse, enriched externally by blind arches.

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Il Guazzatoio

Il Guazzatoio Show position

LOCATION: in an isolated position, on a short deviation, on the right of the road which goes from San Gimignano to Volterra, passing through San Donato and Castelsangimignano.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: around a living spring, a factory mill was built which dates from time immemorial and was transformed over the centuries and finally took on its present shape in the XVIII or XIX century.
Il Guazzatoio was probably also used for washing and dyeing material as well as supplying water to man and beast.
DESCRIPTION: a factory constructed in brick with a central core, characterised by a large rounded arch, and with two external basins. Worth noting is a coat of arms (upside down), can be seen on the left external wall.

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Citerna

CiternaShow position

LOCATION: on the top of a hill and at the end of a path, which, after a couple of deviations, lead to an important road which goes from San Gimignano to Gambassi Terme and Montaione, passing through Camporbiano.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: the Citerna's castle was destroyed during a war in 1230 and was rebuilt by the city of San Gimignano and then transformed into a villa and used for residential purposes by the Ardinghelli family, the owners of the surronding lands. In the 15th century the villa became the hospital of Santa Fina.
DESCRIPTION: most of the external walls were part of the ancient castle, all made of not-aligned squared stones on which the other walls of the rural buildings lean, all arranged around the villa.

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San Lorenzo a Montauto

San Lorenzo a MontautoShow position

LOCATION: at the end of a group of houses which today constitute the little town of Montauto which was located on the ancient “hilltop” Francigena and which today is a local link road with a deviation to the left, leading to a more important road which leads from San Gimignano to Volterra, passing trough Castelsangimignano.
HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE: the castle of Montagutolo (or Montauto), known since the 10th century, must have included a church dedicated to San Lorenzo which was specifically mentioned in a measure by Pope Alessandro III, issued in 1171.
Both the castle and the church were destroyed in the first half of 13th century. The church was rebuilt and assumed a certain importance and was elevated to a Provost residence in 1784. It was rebuilt again in 1892 with the addition of a bell tower.
DESCRIPTION: the rectangular building without apse was built with stones and bricks. Over the entrance door, on the facade on the eastern side of the building, there is a niche, in the past was located on the western side, where now we find a buttress. The bell tower is on the right of the church and shows signs of recent restoration.

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#instavaldelsa

We want people to get to know the Valdelsa through your point of view. Show us how you see our countryside with your smartphone, posting pictures on your Instagram profile using the hashtag #instavaldelsa. The most beautiful pictures will be picked and posted on the official account @valdelsaintoscana. Share your Valdelsa Experience!

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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Casa d'Arnolfo di Cambio. 
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