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Carmignano Castle

Historical Buildings

For many years Pistoia, Florence and Prato have competed to conquer it

For over a thousand years, the fortress or castle of Carmignano has been wached over the village. In fact, the bastion is mentioned for the first time in 998, in a document of the Roman Emperor Otto III which conferred the property of the good to the bishop of Pistoia. The Rocca was the subject of continuous struggles between Pistoia, Florence and Prato, for its strategic position in the Middle Ages as regards political and military features: from there, in fact, you could (and still can) admire the entire plain among the three cities.

After a fist attempt of resistence against the Florentine and Prato troops (1154), the castle was then destroyed in 1228 by the Florentines. Returned to be a Pistoian property, the fort was rebuilt and and in the early 14th century sold again to Florence and destroyed again. It was finally conquered by Castruccio Castracani, but after that, it definitively returned to the be Florentine's. 

The Castle in Carmignano can be accessed via a pedestrian route, which starts from the Church of San Michele, where the famous Visitation by Pontormo is kept. It climbs a hill full of olive trees, where a beautiful panorama of the Montalbano can be enjoyed. Few remains of the medieval walls around the Rocca remain, partly rebuilt such as the Campano, with the belfry and clock, while in the center stands a medieval tower, called the Maschio della Rocca.

Carmignano Castle
Carmignano Castle - Credit: Ippolito Manetti

The Rocca in Carmignano is accessible by a pedestrian path (that starts from the church of San Michele, where the famous "Visitazione" by Pontormo is kept), that rises on the hillside from where you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of Montalbano and see the olive groves. There are few remains of medieval walls around the Rocca, partly reconstructed like the Campano, with the bell tower and clock. The medieval fortified tower, called Maschio, stands in the centre.

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