The Mugello valley is home to many interesting towns, churches and even happens to be the birthplace of the Medici family. Since Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort is located here, we want to share all that we love about this vast, fascinating history. Exploring small town life is one of the best pleasures travelers get from hiding away in this area of Tuscany.
This post, our focus is in Dicomano, located northwest from Florence, the area is dotted with vineyards and stone villages with a population of less than 5,000 citizens. The first recorded evidence of a town dates back to 1103 but it is believed that ancient civilizations made their home here long before, as traces of Roman and Etruscan settlements have been found nearby.
The name comes from the location on the Comano River and even has its own ‘Ponte Vecchio’ (move over Florence!).
It was a strategic point along the Appenines and the Adriatic sea, which meant is historically made the perfect market place due to its close proximity to many other towns and resources, this has been a meeting point for traders since the 12th century.
The most well-known feudal family is the Guidis, who made this their home-stay until they were conquered by the more powerful Florentines.
You must visit the Oratory of S. Onofrio which is a neoclassical building dating to the end of the 18th century. Also on the list should be the ancient Pieve di Santa Maria, which is home to works of art like the Madonna del Rosario, completed by a student of artistic great, Bronzino. Alternatively, one of the most interesting sites in Dicomanio is the 4th century BC archaeological site of Frascole which is only available by appointment. You can learn more about it in the local archaeological museum to highlight the area’s Etruscan history
One interesting fair in the area happens the first week of October, when the local harvest of grapes, olives and chestnuts attracts people from all over the area. Other nearby attractions include the Mugello moto circuit and the Medici Villas, and it is not far from the national park of Monte Falterona.
Dicomano is only 13 kilometers from Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort.
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