The territory of Barberino, along the borderline between the Chianti and Val d’Elsa zones, is dotted with little medieval villages, ancient parish churches and romantic castles. The beautiful Tuscan countryside characterized by gentle hills adorned with vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees, gives this already-evocative place a charm that is unique and compelling to discover.

We suggest two itineraries that are alternatives to the usual beaten tourist path: the first is a voyage into the past and into art which, beginning at San Filippo, traverses the Barberino territory, touching various points of the ancient Via Francigena.

BARBERINO itinerary:
Tignano, Barberino Val d'Elsa, Petrognano, Vico d'Elsa, Castle of Poppiano, Castle of Linari, Parish Church of Sant'Appiano.
Tignano   Barberino Val d'Elsa
1). The first leg takes us to TIGNANO, an XI-century village that has recently been restored, maintaining intact the characteristics of a little medieval burg. The Alberti Counts fortified it in the XII century and today, you can admire its tower, ring wall and access gate. Facing on the village’s little piazza are a few noble palazzos and the sixteenth-century church of Sant’Anna.   2). Continuing, we come to BARBERINO VAL D’ELSA, a castle built by the Florentines which had its finest period after the destruction of the nearby settlement of Semifonte. Still visible are the ring wall and the two gates. Along the two main streets are a few tower-houses and small medieval palazzos, including Palazzo Barberini and Palazzo Pretorio, alongside which stands the posterior section of the neo-Gothic church of San Bartolomeo.
  San Michele
3). Along the road leading to Certaldo is the little village of PETROGNANO, situated on the spot where the ancient city of Semifonte, razed to the ground in 1202, had stood. The town rises around Villa Capponi, and Renaissance-era building that is now part of a farm, and the little church of San Pietro, now reduced to a chapel.   4). On a hill a few hundred meters from Petrognano stands the CHAPEL OF SAN MICHELE, which reproduces in 1:8 scale the cupola of Santa Maria del Fiore. IT was built in 1597 to commemorate the destroyed city of Semifonte and serve as a testament to Florence’s power. All that remains of the city of Semifonte area few ruins hidden in the woods or incorporated into houses on the hill.
Vico d'Elsa   CASTELLO di PANERETTA
5). Continuing along the route we come to VICO D’ELSA, originally a medieval castle, the urban structure of which is still conserved. In the town are Renaissance buildings and two piazzas of historical and architectural interest. The chapel of Palazzo Guicciardini contains a 1621 fresco cycle dedicated to the Madonna.   6). The CASTLE of PANERETTA,
Linari   Peive di Sant'Appiano
7). Our excursion continues towards LINARI, a fortified castle that was led by changing fortunes to be first an independent town, then a city-state, and later a subject of Florence. The north and south ends of the central street were marked with gates. A neo-Gothic style palazzo and a tower rise at the south entrance. In the upper part of the town stands the Romanesque church of Santa Maria, and outside the city walls, that of Santo Stefano.   8). The final stop, before we return to San Filippo, is the PARISH CHURCH OF SANT’APPIANO with its annexed ANTIQUARIUM. The little Romanesque church has XV and XVI-century frescoes. On the lawn in front of it are four pilasters, testimonials of the ancient baptistery built there by early Christians and torn down in 1805. Don’t miss the cloister, with the well and nineteenth-century oven in the centre of the lawn. Last but not least, adjacent to the entrance to the rectory is the little archaeological museum that conserves some finds from the area.
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Villa San Filippo
Strada delle Ginestre, 6
Località San Filippo
50021 - Barberino Val d'Elsa (FI) - ITALIA

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