San Casciano Val di Pesa

San Casciano in Val di Pesa

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San Casciano Val di Pesa


History of San Casciano

Museum of Sacred Art

Villa Le Corti

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San Casciano Val di Pesa in Tuscany, Italy

San Casciano Val di Pesa

The tourist information office of San Casciano in Val di Pesa is located at Via Niccolò Machiavelli, 8, San Casciano.

The municipality of San Casciano Val di Pesa is located just south of Florence surrounded by the neighbouring municipalities of Scandicci and Impruneta to the north, Greve in Chianti to the east, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa to the south and finally with the territory of the municipality of Montespertoli to the west. The municipality measures 107 sq km and extends over the hills that divide the Val di Pesa from the Val di Greve, with altitudes that do not exceed 400 m with San Casciano itself situated at 316 mm above sea level. municipality of San Casciano in Val de Pesa is almost entirely included in the Chianti Classico wine zone, with the exception of the area to the wast of the River Pesa. In ancient times, the town was called San Casciano a Decimo because it is located at the tenth milestone of the Roman road from Florence. This town arose under the auspices of Florence, since it was from the Florentine bishops that it had its first statute in 1241. In 1272, San Casciano was subject to the Florentine Republic. Henry VII, descending into Italy, stopped here for a few days in December 1312. In 1326 San Casciano suffered various raids by Castruccio Castracani who burnt most of it to the ground. Gualtieri di Brienne, Duke of Athens and Lord of Florence, began to fortify San Casciano in 1343. San Casciano as well as Empoli, and like many Tuscan cities, was considered by the Florentines to be a strategic point for their defense, and in 1355 they built a keep and equipped it with large walls and towers. The Grand Duke Ferdinando II then donated the citadel of San Casciano to Giovanni Santi Lucardesi. known as "the Indian" and then later the same keep became a convent of the Benedictine nuns.

In San Casciano, notable structures include the Church of the Misericordia, formerly Santa Maria del Prato of Gothic-Tuscan architecture from 1335; the Collegiate Church where in the chapel on the right there is a baptismal font with a lunette with Madonna and Saints from the 1300s and the Annunciation on the third altar on the left, in the manner of Ridolfo Ghirlandaio; the Church of San Francesco, from 1436 renovated in 1492; inside, Madonna with Child and Saints, panel by Biagio by Antonio da Firenze, in the refectory of the Convent, Cenacle, fresco attributed to Passignano.

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Things to see in and near San Casciano

San Casciano Museum of Sacred Arts

The museum is located in the Church of Santa Maria del Gesù and there are numerous important works of art and objects of worship from isolated churches of the surrounding area, which were either abandoned or destroyed. Works by Coppo di Marcovaldo, A. Lorenzetti, L. Benivieni, Neri di Bicci. Click here for more details of the art displayed in the Museum.

The Church of Santa Maria del Prato (della Misericordia)

This church was built in 1304 and, despite transformations in 1600, still maintains its original Gothic appearance. Inside one of the most substantial artistic patrimonies of the Florentine province is on display: a Crucifix with a 14th century gold background by Simone Martini, the pulpit by Giovanni di Balduccio and 17 C paintings.

The Collegiate Church of San Casciano

The collegiate church of San Casciano was rebuilt between 1793 and 1796 on the site of a smaller 13 C church. It contains an Annunciation by Frà Paolino from Pistoia and beautiful crucifixes from the studios of Verrocchio and Baccio da Montelupo.

The Church of the Cross and Convent of San Francesco

The church contains a valuable Madonna with St. Mary Magdalene and St. Francis by Biagio d’Antonio from the end of the 15 C and a 14 C crucifix. The convent of the Franciscan Monks was built by Girolamo Castrucci, citizen of San Casciano, in 1492. The portico dates from 1749. Today the church is a monastery of the Clarisse nuns. There is a Last Supper dated 1562 by L. Cresci in the refectory.

The Church of the Cappuccini and Convent of Sant'Andrea Corsini

It is located on the left side of the road connecting San Casciano to the hamlet of Mercatale. It is a simple building with a single nave, with a glazed terracotta apse depicting the Adoration of the Child by Andrea della Robbia. The convent, also simple and austere, is dedicated to Sant’Andrea Corsini and dates from the mid 1600’s.

The castellane walls and the panoramic terrace gardens of Piazza della Repubblica

Built in 1354 and 1356 by the Florentine Republic to strengthen this area on the way to Siena, it had crenellated towers and four gates at the cardinal points. The Porta al Prato gate, the small tower and long tracts of walls remain today.

The Pieve (Parish Church) of Santa Cecilia in Decimo

Tradition suggests that the most ancient parish church of the area was built in 774. The first written documents date back to the 11 C. The church underwent a transformation in the 18th century. It has a three-nave basilica plan and a 14 C bell tower.

The Pieve (Parish Church) of San Giovanni in Sugana

The exterior of the church has the typical rustic romanesque stone facade. The interior was renovated in the 16 C. There is an altar piece in glazed terracotta attributed to Giovanni della Robbia and a Renaissance cloister with a double loggia.

The Pieve (Parish Church) of Santo Stefano in Campoli

Even if it has been changed over the centuries, the church still demonstrates its romanesque origin. The interior has three naves on quadrangular pillars and arches. The upper part of the facade is originally from the Middle Ages.

Albergaccio Machiavelli (Loc. Sant'Andrea in Percussina)

This house was built as a country home for the Machiavelli family in the 13 C and was restored and renovated at the beginning of the 16 C. The villa was a country retreat and later the place of exile of Niccolò Machiavelli. The Machiavelli family were also the owners of the nearby Castello di Bibbione and the Villa Poggio Torselli.
Visits by appointment Wednesday through Sunday.

Albergaccio Machiavelli

Albergaccio Machiavelli

Castle Bibbione - Castello di Bibblione

Formerly the property of the Buondelmonti family and the Machiavelli family, today it is owned by Rangoni Machiavelli. We have had information about this castle since 960. On the exterior, the building demonstrates its imposing character, halfway between a fort and a 16 C lord’s country residence.
Visits by appointment February through June and September through November. Hours 10:00 – 12:30

Castello Bibbione Castle Bibbione

Castle Bibbione

Villa le Corti

A magnificent building by Santi di Tito of the end of the 16 C with a square plan dominated by two tall towers on the facade, built on a pre-existing mediaeval nucleus. It has belonged to the Corsini family since 1427.
Visits during the exhibitions: Alla Corte del Vino, Chiantilife, Giardini in Fiera and Antiquariato a Villa Le Corti. More about Villa Le Corti

Villa le Corti

Villa le Corti

Villa Poggio Torselli

This splendid 15 C villa once belonged to the Machiavelli family. The Villa Poggio Torselli consists of a large rectangular structure with two wings which house service areas. The inner courtyard is no longer present, having been replaced by a salon which occupies the central part of the building. The famous garden of Villa Poggio Torselli probably dates from the late 17 C, and consists of an italianate garden divided into two terraces to the south and an English park area in to the north. In the upper terrace on the south side, the original arrangement with flower beds has been preserved along with a very ingenious irrigation system, one of the best preserved of Tuscany. More about Villa Poggio Torselli.

Villa Poggio Torselli

Villa Poggio Torselli

Villa Borromeo

The villa originally belonged to the Borromeo family and passed along to the Capponi family during the 1700’s. It has a 15 C plan and the entrance is a stairway and large terrace. The main facade has three arches – today bricked up, with one containing the entrance to the restaurant.
Visits Saturdays and Sundays
Hours 3:30 – 6:00 pm.

Villa Borromeo San Casciano

Villa Borromeo

Villa Borromeo

Villa Borromeo

Villa Borromeo

Villa Belvedere (Roncognano) (Loc. Campoli)

Cited in 1057. The belvedere is located on the hill of Montefolchi. Two wings which form a courtyard on three sides have been added to the original rectangular building with its tower.
Visits by appointment.

Villa Belvedere (Roncognano)

Villa Belvedere (Roncognano)

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