Tuscany is a land rich in ancient villages of incredible beauty and charm. For example, a few kilometers from Florence rises Calenzano, a town rich of ancient treasures. Discover with us what are the 10 things to see in Calenzano!
Calenzano is a Tuscan town near Prato and Florence, definitely to be discovered.
Its territory is mountainous for two thirds, it develops between the Monti della Calvana and Monte Morello.
To the west flows the Marina stream from which the area of the Val Marina takes its name.
In Calenzano there are many things to see, in fact on its territory there are villas and churches of historical and artistic interest.
The main attraction is Calenzano Alto, the medieval village and historic center of Calenzano, still enclosed by its walls.
Surely one of the main attractions of the city and of the hamlets of Calenzano are the villas. Majestic, elegant and large, all to admire.
Thanks to its beauty and the large amount of things to see, the town of Calenzano is definitely worth a visit. Although close to the most attractive Florence it can be included worthily in the itinerary of all tourists who, in addition to visiting the cradle of the Renaissance, want to discover the wonders kept in the nearby towns.
Here are the 10 things to see in Calenzano!
1. Calenzano Alto: Calenzano Alto is the historic center of the city and is still today enclosed by imposing and ancient walls.
In the heart of Calenzano Alto dominates the beautiful Castle of Calenzano, whose construction dates back to the end of 110 for want of the Conti Guidi of Modigliana
2. Church of San Niccolò: The Church of San Niccolò is located in the square of the same name in the Castello area, on a 200 meter high hill and dominates the entire Valle della Marina. It was the beating heart of the medieval castle and city life.
3. Pieve di San Donato: The church, dating back to the IX century, became part of the Medici properties from 1450 and was frequented by Giovanni de Medici, son of Lorenzo the Magnificent, before becoming Pope in 1513 with the name of Leone X.
4. Pieve di Santa Maria: Founded before the year 1000, the Pieve was originally oriented with the upstream façade while, in 1949, it was restored and its orientation was turned upside down. Inside it houses a “Sant’Antonio abate” from the workshop of Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio.
5. Hermitage of Sant’Anna Vecchia: The hermitage of Sant’Anna Vecchia is founded in 1217 and acquires this name when the blessed Brunetto de ’Rossi abandons it to build the new monastery of Sant’Anna in Giolica downstream.
6. Villa Peragallo: Situated in a panoramic position, in the highest area of the historic center of Calenzano, Villa Peragallo is accompanied by a series of annexes, an artificial grotto, casinos, stables and small towers, which are arranged on terraces of the vast park.
7. Villa Ginori: Villa Ginori is located in Collina near Calenzano in a panoramic position on the top of the homonymous hill on which a forest of oaks and pines stretches.
8. Rocca degli Strozzi: Rocca degli Strozzi is a beautiful Renaissance residence, historic residence of the powerful Florentine family.
9. Baroncoli Tower: The Tower of Baroncoli in Calenzano is an unfinished construction, commissioned by Carlo Ginori known as Il Vecchio (1473-1527) as a rural residence.
10. Parco del Neto: In the hamlet of Settimello in Calenzano there is the park known as Parco del Neto, a large green space where different tree species such as lime trees, plane trees and horse chestnuts are kept.
So, if you want to discover all the things there are to see in Calenzano, we are waiting for you at Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort!
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