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Castelfranco di Sopra

Castelfranco di Sopra is located between Florence and Arezzo attracted attention of scientists such as Leonardo da Vinci.

Castelfranco di SopraCrags and mountain peaks of Valdarno, between Florence and Arezzo, attracted attention of scientists such as Leonardo da Vinci, who used them as the backgrounds for many of his paintings and drawings. Particularly fascinating are crags of Acqua zolfina, not far away from the panoramic road of Sette Ponti, from which, at the junction with the provincial road of Botriolo, the medieval tower of Castelfranco framed by mountain peaks, can be seen. As well as other “new lands”, Castelfranco di Sopra has an urban plant that recalls the roman castrum, with its orthogonal streets and central square where almost all important buildings are assembled: the Palace of the Supreme Magistrate and the Church of S Peter (no longer present). The lots have multiple measure expressed in “Braccio fiorentino” unit (58cm), and as you slowly leave the centre, you see the heights of palaces declining and the width of streets decreasing. According to Vasari, it was famous architect Arnolfo di Cambio to project this town. Florentine imprint still can be seen, not only in the town streets but also on its houses, especially in the first part of via Maestra, originating from the founding period of the “new land”, and completely similar to the line of houses in Florence city centre. On the square, the Municipal Palace still has its ground floor and prisons preserved. On its façade, there are symbols of power and in the council hall, the fresco of Madonna del latte (end of the 14th century) is worth seeing. Descending along Via Cavour, you see the Church of San Filippo Neri, that is represents by a façade from 1761, but in reality the first church was built in 1631 and enlarged in 1666. On the central altar, from the 18th century, there is a painting of San Filippo painted by Florentine Matteo Rosselli, but even more interesting is “ Vergine col Bambino “ from Andrea del Sarto’s school located in the lateral chapel. At the end of Via Cavour there is Torre d’Arnolfo, also called Porta Campana, the only tower remaining. It has the Florentine lily and the date of its construction (1300) carved on its façade. Casa Campa in via Piave has the figure of a horse with Florentine lily next to it, carved on its façade in order to indicate that there was a post office where horses were left. On the other side of the street there is Cappella della Compagnia dei Bianchi chapel, built in the 16th century. Via Arnolfo is also very interesting to go through. Here, the only part of the remaining walls, completed by communication trench for the guards, can be seen. Another particular building is the 18th century Palazzo Sassolini palace in Via Veneto, where the rests of the buildings from the 15th and the 16th century can be found. Finally, in Via Roma street, there is Municipal Theatre named Wanda Capodagli, a very important person for the Castelfranco community. The countryside above the road to Sette Ponti is full of farm houses and houses with towers, small fractions and ruins of feudal castles. All around, a landscape of olives and agriculture fields shaped as the scale of terraces. Above Sette Ponti, there is the area of Balze, where our tour started.
Castelfranco di Sopra : Badia a SoffenaBadia a Soffena
The Badia a Soffena is situated just outside the village and remains surrounded by olive trees and vines. The visitor that travels to Castelfranco on the ‘setteponti’, the road from Arezzo, is welcome by the Badia di San Salvatore a Soffena di San Salvatore a Soffena group of buildings (monastery). The Group is made up of the church, the cloisters the monastery and its walled garden. The Badia is recorded in a document dated 1014. In 1090 in a decree, Pope Urban II° handed the Badia and other possessions to the monks of Vallombrosa. In 1394 the church was completely rebuilt this is demonstrated by the gothic architectural features visible now. In the first part of the 17th century the Badia went into rapid decline and finally ended up being used as an agricultural building. Consequently its frescos and architectural details were sadly damaged. In 1960 the state purchased the Badia and commenced with the reconstruction and restoration. The chips and many hammer like blows, which ruined the frescos have been repaired, the roofs were rebuilt, the cloisters and belltower are now restored to their original splendour . The internal frescos of the church are still being gradually restored to their former splendour. The church layout is in the form of a Latin cross with a rectangular apse and the roof is supported by beams and timber bracing. The internal frescoes date from the 400, painted by well known local artists amongst whom are Poalo Schiavo, the master Liberato da Rieti and Bicci di Lorenzo. The " Annunciation" is of particular quality and is attributed to the brother of Masaccio, Giovanni di Ser Giovanni , called the ‘Scheggia’. Restoration is still ongoing and plans include the re establishing of the archive, the library and setting up of a museum to exhibit the articles found in the 1991 excavations.

Castelfranco di Sopra: discover the surroundings

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Accommodations in the area

    • Bagno a Ripoli (Florence)
    • 6 km from Castelfranco di Sopra

    Villa Valdarno 12 beds

    Villa Valdarno is a typical Tuscan farmhouse located in a secluded and peaceful area in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, among vineyards and olive groves, and enjoys a privileged panoramic view of the Florentine Valdarno.
    The ideal solution for groups of friends or acquaintances who wish to spend their holidays in Tuscany with the comforts of a detached villa with swimming pool and large garden.

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    • Greve in Chianti (Florence)
    • 15 km from Castelfranco di Sopra

    Villa Chianti 7 beds

    Villa Chianti is a private villa for rent in Chianti area with pool and garden that can accommodate up to 7 people.
    An oasis of peace and tranquility with views of the Chianti valleys not far from the main tourist attractions of Tuscany.

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    • Firenze (Florence)
    • 30 km from Castelfranco di Sopra

    Marignolle relais & charme

    The charming Marignolle Relais & Charme, nestled the hills of Florence, is the ideal solution for those who want a place of excellence and relaxation and love peace and privacy without the amenities of a luxury hotel.
    Marignolle Relais & Charme is especially appreciated by travelers looking for style and tradition by offering deluxe rooms or junior suites in a refined, with superior comforts and impeccable services that make this relais an excellence of Florence.

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    • Siena (Siena)
    • 39 km from Castelfranco di Sopra

    Agriturismo Marciano

    Agriturimo Marciano : an exlusive opportunity, two holidays at the place of only one. stay in the country and life downtown. Marciano is located near the walls of the Middle Age town of Siena.
    Five confortable double rooms and a suite with a beautiful sight on the Siena Duomo

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 42 km from Castelfranco di Sopra

    Agriturismo la Lucciolaia

    In the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, Agriturismo La Lucciolaia is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized art towns.
    This ancient farmhouse has been recently renovated and divided into eleven double rooms and two Suites, where the magic atmosphere of past times is perfectly blended with modern comforts.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 45 km from Castelfranco di Sopra

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto located in the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.
    Provides comfortable accommodation in 6 double bedrooms and two Suites

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 46 km from Castelfranco di Sopra

    Agriturismo Cesani

    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.
    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.

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    • Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)
    • 46 km from Castelfranco di Sopra

    La Pieve

    La Pieve, charming farmhouse located on the hills of Val d'Elsa, between Volterra and San Gimignano, along the Via Francigena, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, with its luxuriant nature and rich history.
    Framed by olive trees and a wood, it fosters a direct dialogue with nature in complete relaxation where they contemplate and enjoy the stillness in private and unique spaces.

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    • Montepulciano (Siena)
    • 59 km from Castelfranco di Sopra

    Agriturismo le Caggiole

    Immersed in the verdant countryside around the noble town of Montepulciano, that boasts ancient Etruscan origins, Le Caggiole Estate is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized treasures.
    In a relaxing and cosy atmosphere uests are offered three comfortable, quiet double rooms with private bathrooms and two comfortable apartments for two persons and for small family groups.

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    • Cortona (Arezzo)
    • 60 km from Castelfranco di Sopra

    Rocca di Pierle

    Set within the green hills of Tuscany, a few kilometers away from the old Etruscan town of Cortona farmhouse Rocca di Pierle is the perfect place to find peace and tranquility in contact with the pace of nature.
    Completely renovated Tuscan farmhouse with 3 rustic-style apartments. For groups possibilities to rent the whole villa.

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    • Lucca (Lucca)
    • 86 km from Castelfranco di Sopra

    Historic Villa Lucca 12 beds pool

    Historic villa 14 km from the center of Lucca immersed in the green of the Tuscan vineyards and olive groves, it has a private swimming pool and a large park.
    Set on 350 square meters in a dominant position offers a unique view of the hills of Tuscany.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 101 km from Castelfranco di Sopra

    Stone Farmhouse Massarosa 8 beds pool

    Stone farmhouse in typical Tuscan style skilfully and elegantly renovated in a dominant position on the hills of Massarosa with spectacular views that reach the sea of Tuscany. The farmhouse has a swimming pool with whirlpool.
    Perfect solution for those that search the real authentic Tuscany staying in the hills but not far from the Versilia sea.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 104 km from Castelfranco di Sopra

    Charming villa Tuscany coast 14 beds pool

    Eighteenth-century villa located in a picturesque area of the Tuscan hills at the foot of the Apuan Alps, the villa has a park with swimming pool and tennis court.
    The spacious suites of the villa embellished with charming details and enhanced by modern comforts will make your stay an unforgettable experience.

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    • Viareggio (Lucca)
    • 104 km from Castelfranco di Sopra

    Villa Torre del Lago 5 beds

    Typical Tuscan farmhouse for rent in Torre del Lago, Massaciuccoli area with 3 bedrooms and 5 beds, just 1 km from the Tuscany coast.
    Ideal solution for small groups or families looking for a villa for rent not far from the sea in a context of absolute privacy.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 104 km from Castelfranco di Sopra

    Farmhouse Massarosa 14 beds pool

    Beautiful ancient Tuscan farmhouse completely renovated located on Tuscan hills 10 km from the golf course of Versilia. The villa can accommodate up to 14 people.
    An oasis of peace for those looking for a stay in the Tuscan hills while staying close to the sea. Perfect for a relaxing holiday in close contact with nature.

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