Via della Pieve, 3, 50038 Sant'Agata FI, Italia
In the Mugello valley at the foot of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, the medieval village of Scarperia and its surroundings is hoome to historical and religious gems. Among these is the parish church of Sant'Agata, one of the most important and well-known examples of the Romanesque in Mugello.
The parish church is located in the hamlet of the same name, Sant'Agata di Mugello, and stands with its austere and pared-back architecture that's full of history and sacred art. Dated shortly before 1000 AD, it was most likely erected on a pre-existing sacred building dating back to the 5th century as some traces identified on the floor suggest.
It has a simple facade, which does not immediately reveal the subdivision with three naves inside, characterized by an original architectural solution that rests the wooden armature of the roof directly on the pillars, thus giving a greater sense of breadth and magnificence inside the building.
The entrance door is decorated with a serpentine lintel and a cross made of Alberese stone, while the left side of the church has a unique checkerboard as an element of decoration, created with the same materials.