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Poggibonsi

poggibonsi fontana delle fatePoggibonsi: originally was a castle on the Podium marturi, on the Francigena trail a few kms from S. Gimignano. It was attacked in 1115 and destroyed. In 1155 the Guidi Counts rebuilt the castle on top of Bonizi Podium and maintained good relationships alternatively with Florence and Siena. In 1203 the Poggiobonizio Podestà (the most important political figure) established for the first time the official borders between Florence and Siena. In 1267 the Guelfi (Pope supporters) came back to Florence, in 1269, after the Ghibellini lost Colle, they were interested in the village. In 1270 the Florentines paid 4000 florins to Guido of Monfort in order to definitely destroy the city and that's what happened. The villagers moved to Borgo Marturi, the present Poggibonsi. Later on the Medici built there a fortress taking care of its security, but the area never became that important up to modern times. Poggibonsi is today a pretty big commercial centre. Worth visiting the fortress: Monday closed, Thu-Sun 10-22; the Franciscan church of S. Lucchese, the Romanesque churches of Cedda, S. Talciona, Papaiano and Spizio della Magione and the castle distrozzavolpe.

Churches to see:

poggibonsi - castelli - castles* Church of San Giovanni in Jerusalem alla Magione
* Church of Sant'Andrea a Papaiano
* Church of San Lorenzo
* Collegiata of Santa Maria Assunta
* Sanctuary of Santa Maria al Romituzzo
* Convent of San Lucchese
* Church of Santa Maria Assunta a Staggia
* Church of Santa Maria a Talciona
* Church of San Giuseppe
poggibonsi - castelli - castles* Church of Santo Spirito
* Church of San Pietro a Cedda
* Parrocchia Santa Maria Maddalena Castiglioni Alto

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