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Palazzo Malaspina, San Donato in Poggio
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Palazzo Malaspina, San Donato in Poggio

An important 16th-century palazzo

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Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
Via del Giglio, 35
Palazzo Malaspina is one of the most important architectural buildings of the sixteenth century. It is located in a town full of charm, the center of the medieval village of San Donato in Poggio (a fraction of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa), which has existed since 989 AD, the year  in which it appeared in a document from Badia a Passignano.

The building frames a square that bears the same name, and along an ancient well that is hexagonal in shape, it is dominated by the two large doors of medieval origin. It links to many small roads that branch off from the walls toward the the town.

The construction of the building is linked to a family from San Donato: the Ticci family, which lived there from the late Middle Ages and continued for many generations. Family members were  artisans of pottery and they made stoves. Around the middle of the sixteenth century some members of the family, including the notary Ser Matteo, decided to move to Florence. Because the Ticci become so important in Florence, they were given permission to build a mansion in San Donato. The Ticci kept the ownership of the building until the extinction of the family in 1739.

The following year, Malaspina Family of Mulazzo inherited the Ticci legacy, gaining possession of the building for seventy years. The Palazzo fell into the possession fo many during the nineteenth century, but this did not ever erase the memory of the Malaspina, whose name has continued to be used to identify the palazzo. Even current day owners, the Pellizzari, have kept the Malaspina name.

Palazzo Malaspina extends over 500 square feet and 3 floors. Today is has been compeltely restored and hosts cultural events.

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Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
Churches, villages and parish churches in the Val d’Elsa and Val di Pesa
Located in a fortunate position halfway between the Val d’Elsa and Val di Pesa, Tavarnelle is a hilltop village not far from Florence and whose territory is considered the western gateway to the Chianti. The town owes its name to the tabernulae, the rest stops along the “via regia” which once linked Florence and Siena (and therefore Rome). ...