The Mugello landscape is a succession of graceful hills and sharp peaks, cultivated with vines, olive trees and fruit trees. In this enchanting panorama are set some of the most beautiful villages in Italy. Read our tips on what to see in Scarperia and San Piero!
In Tuscany, at just a stone’s throw from Florence, the Mugello territory stretches north among rolling hills and tall cypress trees against a backdrop of breathtaking mountain crests and passes. It links two geographical areas: Mugello and Upper Mugello, also known as Tuscan Romagna. The towns that make up Mugello are San Piero a Sieve, Barberino di Mugello, Scarperia, Borgo San Lorenzo, Vicchio and Dicomano. Just north of Mugello, among the mountain crests and through the passes that lead down towards Bologna and Romagna we find Upper Mugello and the towns of Firenzuola, Palazzuolo sul Senio and Marradi
The villages in Mugello offer a great quantity of attractions and historical traces being the territory of origin of the powerful Medici family. Here are our tips on what to see in Scarperia and San Piero!
In the area of San Piero a Sieve and Barberino di Mugello the Medicean family originated: the tradition wants them poor charcoal farmers of the Mugello woods, until one of them became a doctor giving the name to the family.
In San Piero a Sieve, among the many beauties, you can admire the Medicean Fortress of San Martino. The construction, commissioned by the Grand Duke Cosimo I, began on June 30, 1569, but the final settlement of the imposing fortress was due to Bernardo Buontalenti who completed the undertaking probably in the last decade of the 1500s.
Characterized by an irregular circuit of curtains interspersed with seven bulwarks, the fortress has an extension of about a mile; in a raised position there is the keep called “the knight on horseback”.
Inside the fortress there were large underground areas, among which there is also a corridor that allowed to reach Sieve river by horses.
In the heart of Scarperia is the beautiful Palazzo dei Vicari, built in the fourteenth century, but which underwent numerous transformations and restorations over the centuries. The façade of the palace contains traces of the Medici power with the coats of arms on the façade of the members of the family who covered the important republican charge at different times.
The building is now home to a precious historical archive and houses the “Museo dei Ferri Taglienti”, a production of which Scarperia boasts centuries of high production.
On the central square where the Palazzo dei Vicari is located there is the Oratory of the Madonna di Piazza where the Vicars solemnly took possession of their Office and the Propositura of the SS. Jacopo and Filippo.
Things to see in Scarperia and San Piero a Sieve are so many to deserve a stay in Mugello, perhaps in complete relaxation at Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort, enjoying a delicious Tuscan cuisine. We are waiting for you in Mugello!
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