Convent of Bosco ai Frati in Mugello

The Convent Bosco ai Frati in Mugello

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!

Convent Bosco ai Frati in Mugello

The Convent of Bosco ai Frati is considered one of the oldest in Tuscany.

It was founded before the year 1000 by the Ubaldini family and later donated to the Franciscan friars.

The construction of the convent as we know it is attributed to Michelozzo. The attribution to this artist is not based on documentary sources but on a “literary” tradition that takes place with Vasari in the mid-sixteenth century.

The renovation of the convent, according to Franciscan sources, would seem to be located mainly in the third decade of the fifteenth century, between 1420 and 1429.

On the left side, towards the road, it is still possible to see some blinded mullioned windows belonging to the original medieval church.

The first three bays use the old walls of the previous church, consolidating the side walls with two pairs of sturdy buttresses in correspondence with the fallout of the semicircular transverse arches and the ribs of the new round-headed cruises.

The fourth bay, always square, is a sort of presbytery raised by two steps bordered at the top by a transverse arch. On the bottom a further triumphal arch gives access to the polygonal choir.

The Convent Bosco ai Frati in the Mugello as well as being an important place of prayer is also a place of great artistic interest for the works that are preserved there.

Around the beginning of the fifteenth century the Medici donated to the convent the famous wooden crucifix attributed to Donatello, currently kept in the Museum of Sacred Art annexed to the convent, where cult objects, books, prints and vestments can also be admired.


The nature that surrounds the Convent

In the municipality of San Piero a Sieve, at the Convent of Bosco ai Frati, nature consists of a series of wet areas scattered within a wood (Bosco ai Ronchi) dominated by oaks.

These wetlands consist of two small ponds, Laghetto ai Ronchi and Laghetto ai Frati, located respectively south-east and south-west of the Convent, by an artificial lake at loc. Poggiolino and from a small puddle fed by a neighboring spring.

From the soil point of view the area is mostly affected by gravel sands and beds and to a lesser extent by pebbles.

In the area surrounding the Bosco ai Frati Convent an itinerary of great landscape value develops and is suitable for walking or mountain biking. The road, always paved, makes it possible to use any bicycle.

The route is of medium difficulty and the uphill sections never exceed 500 meters in length with slopes that can vary from 3 to 7-8%.

The Convento del Bosco ai Frati is located in Lucigliano, in the municipality of San Piero a Sieve, a few kilometers from Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort. If you want to experience a stay of history, art and nature, we are waiting for you at Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort!

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