Parish Church of Gropina, Loro Ciuffenna
Places of worship

Parish Church of Gropina

One of the best examples of the Tuscan Romanesque, built ca. 1000

Located about two kilometres oustide of Loro Ciuffenna on Via dei Sette Ponte heading towards San Giustino, the Pieve di Gropina can be reached by taking a right turn on a small road which, after about 800 metres, arrives at the village of Gropina.
This beautiful Romanesque church, dedicated to Saint Peter, is one of the best examples of high Romanesque architecture in Tuscany and was constructed ca. 1000 CE.
The facade is constructed of large stones and is perforated by two monoforate windows which correspond to the side naves and a biforate window over the entrance. The date 1422 is inscribed on the architrave of the door and probably refers to the date of a restoration. The coat-of-arms of Leone X above the architrave bears the date 1522.

The interior is divided into three naves and the intervening columns boast capitals which recount the stories of the Old and New Testaments and representations of pre-Christian, Etruscan and Eastern arts).
The circular pulpit near the right nave dates to the 13th century and is richly decorated. The bell tower dates to 1233, but may be built on the foundations of an earlier, Longobard tower.
The church itself has been built on the site of two earlier churches, one dating from some time between the 6th and 7th centuries, and another which dates to the 8th to 9th centuries.

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Loro Ciuffenna
Rich in history and medieval military architecture
In the town you can visit the museum in Palazzo Venturi, dedicated to the local artist Venturino Venturi, or retreat to the nearby parish of St. Peter in Gropina. EARLY HISTORY Even though there are no direct testimonies of particular importance, it is easy to believe the presence of the Etruscans and Romans in the Lorese area. ...