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Two Churches Worth Visiting In The Mugello Valley

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In this new series, we seek to highlight local landmarks that we and our guests appreciate. The Mugello is a rich land that dates back to the Etruscan period, nearby to Villa Campestri Olive Oil Resort, there are many small towns, museums, churches and villas that should be listed in your next itinerary in the region. The best way to discover it, is to visit the local monuments which will we highlight in this blog. In this edition we will focus on two churches, both with a rich history and sacred art. Our first focus is on a local convent open to the public ‘Bosco ai Frati Convent in San Piero a Sieve’ dedicated to Saint Bonaventure. It dates back to the 12th century and was passed onto the Franciscans in 1212. It was renovated in the 1400’s by Michelozzo on behalf of the Medici family (Cosimo Il Vecchio dei Medici specifically) and enlarged to include a bell tower.

Among the 16th and 17th century art work, we also highly recommend checking out the Allegory of the Cord of Saint Francis by Jacopo Ligozzi (1589).

Address: Località Lucigliano, 1, 50037 San Piero a Sieve FI

Phone+39 055848111
Opening hours: Saturdays from 9am-12pm.Price: Free entrance
Our second location is the Pieve of San Lorenzo
Dating back to 941, the church is the largest Romanesque building in Florence’ countryside. Inside the church, some beautiful works of art are well-preserved, including the sole Giotto’s work in Mugello, the “Madonna with child“.
We have information about the existence of this church from the end of the 10th century. The bell tower was built later, in 1236, when also the Pieve was renovated. Inside the church, some beautiful works of art are well-preserved: “The Virgin and the Child Enthroned” by Agnolo Gaddi, a “Virgin” attributed to the genius of Giotto, “Virgin and Saints Francis and Dominic” by Matteo Rosselli. The apse of the church is entirely decorated by Galileo Chini. The mess celebration are held regularly and the Church is open to visits.
Opening hours: from Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 12:00 and from 16:00 to 19:30, Saturday from 07:30 to 12:30 and from 16:00 to 17:30 and Sunday from 07:30 to 12:00 and from 16:00 to 17:30
Address: Via Cocchi, Borgo San Lorenzo
Phone: 055 84559295

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