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San Casciano Val di Pesa

San Casciano Val di Pesa - Pergolato CastleIn roman times, it was a transit place located closed to the X milestone necst to St Cecilia church. Located on a strategic position between the transit of goods and pilgrims, it officially began with the construction of the Church (1304) dedicated to S. M. al Prato. In 1/11/1312 the Emperor Arrigo VII, after raised the siege in Florence, occupied the village by destroying all the castles in Pesa and Greve valleys. In 1339, U. di Nerio, passing through Avignone, painted in the Church his last Italian piece. The village was burned again by Fra Moriale d'Albano in 1354, later on Florence increased its fortifications in 1356 changing it into a fortified but prosperous village. In 1512 the exile Machiavelli stayed in Albergaccio and wrote from there some of his pieces. During the Mediciperiod the state became strong that is why part of the defensive structures were destroyed and the city became a tourist place among art and nature. The Della Robbia family built the furnaces and started their ceramic handcraft. Some of their works are in Chiesavecchia and S. Giov. In Sugame, some others have been left in the original places and holy art museum.

Churches and Parishes to visit:

San Casciano Val di Pesa - Archer tomb*the Parish of San Pancrazio
*the Parish of Santo Stefano a Campoli
*the Parish of Santa Cecilia a Decimo
*the Parish of San Giovanni in Sugana

Other churces

* Church of Suffragio (Santa Maria del Gesù)
* Church of Misericordia o di Santa Maria del Prato
* Church of San Francesco o della Croce
* Church of Sant'Andrea a Luiano
* Church of Sant'Andrea o dei Cappuccini
San Casciano val di pesa - Parush of S. Stefano a Campoli* Church of Sant'Angelo (Vico l'Abate)
* Church of San Donato a Chiesanuova
* Church of San Jacopo (Mucciana)
* Church of San Lorenzo (Castelbonsi)
* Church of San Martino (Argiano)
* Monastero del Luogo Nuovo
* Church of San Pietro a Montepaldi
* Tabernacolo degli Strozzi

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