A few kilometers from Florence, on the road that connects Tuscany with Romagna, lies the beautiful town of San Godenzo. Here are 5 reasons to visit the famous abbey of San Godenzo!
An ancient tradition wants that the abbey of San Godenzo was built on a small church built in the previous era in honor of San Gaudenzio.
San Gaudenzio, a hermit from Campania, arrived in Tuscany between the fifth and sixth centuries and together with three other companions settled in the mountains of the Alpe di San Benedetto.
Tradition says that on the day of the saint’s death, the people and the clergy himself, to obey him, put his body on a cart drawn by the oxen and accompanied him in a solemn procession. It is said that the oxen, coming down the Alpe mule-track, suddenly stopped, no longer wanting to move from that precise point. This stubborn attitude of the oxen was interpreted as an important message and in that place it was decided to erect the small church, on which then, two centuries later, the current Abbey of San Godenzo would have been built.
This vast territory on the border with Romagna, lying partly on the slopes of Mount Falterona, was for a short time the place of political asylum of a great poet forced into exile from Florence: Dante Alighieri.
In fact, Dante found himself moving to San Godenzo, fleeing from the soldiers of the Florentine Republic.
It was in those years and during the passage for the ridge of that Apennine, which probably matured the idea of what would soon become his greatest literary work: the Divine Comedy.
1. The journey of Dante: From the abbey of San Godenzo you can take the old medieval road which, most likely, was the road that Dante made to enter Romagna.
2. Discover a jewel of Romanesque architecture: The structure of the church is very reminiscent of the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte in Florence. The structure is typically Romanesque, consisting of three naves with a presbytery raised above the floor and two flights of stairs to the side of the nave.
3. The beautiful crypt: The beautiful crypt that opens at the end of the Church, and which is accessed by descending a step, strongly reminds the architectural layout of San Miniato.
4. Relive the story: In 1302, inside the abbey of San Godenzo, there was a famous meeting between Florentine exiles in which Dante Alighieri also participated.
5. Dante mosaic: In the twentieth century the Abbey was enriched with many art works including the great Dantesque mosaic in the apse cap depicting the “Crowning of the Virgin Mary”.
The abbey of San Godenzo is also surrounded by beautiful forests that offer wonders in every season. The same Dante from the Fortress of the Mirror, armed garrison of the Guidi, entered the forest that runs along the stream of San Godenzo heading towards Romagna.
If you also want to visit the beautiful abbey of San Godenzo we are waiting for you at Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort!
During the fifteenth century, a vast cultural renewal took place in Italy which took the name of Renaissance. Discover with us which are the greatest artists of the second Renaissance!
Also this year one of the most attested moments of the summer is approaching: Ferragosto! Discover with us what to do in Ferragosto 2019 in Mugello!
Every year in Vicchio there is an ancient festival linked to the traditions of this beautiful village in Mugello. Discover with us all the info and the program of the Fiera Calda of Vicchio 2019!
To become a good rider it is not necessary to start riding at an early age, this is why horse riding is a sport that undoubtedly attracts everyone. Here are the best places to learn to ride a horse near Florence!
Tuscan desserts are a fundamental part of the regional culinary culture. Genuine, tasty and even better if accompanied by a good glass of Vin Santo. Discover with us which are the best typical desserts of Tuscany!
Mugello tortelli with potato filling contain an authentic traditional Tuscan recipe. There is no better time to enjoy them than at the Wild Boar and Tortello Festival in Borgo San Lorenzo: discover all the info!
Like wine, extra virgin olive oil is also tasted and evaluated according to precise rules. Discover in this brief guide how to taste the extra virgin olive oil!
The famous Convent of Bosco ai Frati in Mugello is located in the beautiful Tuscan town of San Piero a Sieve. Discover with us his story!