In Barberino Val d'Elsa, the complex that also includes an Antiquarium
The monumental complex of Sant'Appiano is located in the municipality of Barberino Val d’Elsa, on a picturesque hill surrounded by tall cypress trees. The complex also includes a Romanesque parish church, the ruins of an octagonal building, a cloister, a rectory and a group of slightly distant houses, making up the village. The beauty of the landscape stands in harmony with the sacredness of the place: indeed, this is where the remains of Sant’Appiano can be found, who lends his name to the town.
The evocative parish church, first mentioned in a document in 990, conserves the ruins of the pre-Romanesque structure, including the stone part of the left nave, the apse and the crypt. Near the church, artefacts from the 8th-century complex were brought to light, as well as two Etruscan chamber tombs near the Podere Piazza.
The Antiquarium documents life in the territory from the Etruscan era to the Middle Ages, conserving part of the archeological materials found in the surrounding area. The museum is small but is home to alabaster funerary urns from the Hellenistic age, red-figure Attica ceramics and a series of late-medieval and Renaissance ceramics that are typical of the Florentine territory, as well as some Etruscan memorial stones and a Pagan idol.
A beautiful land off the beaten track, with places worth discovering
Barberino Val d’Elsa, despite being in Chianti, is slightly off the usual tourist tracks, which makes it perfect for those wishing to explore a more authentic, uncrowded Tuscany with places worth discovering and stories worth knowing. ...