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Hamlets, districts and squares

Piazza Marsilio Ficino in Figline Valdarno

A typical market-place lined with arcades

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Figline Valdarno
Piazza Marsilio Ficino
This piazza takes the name of the philosopher Marsilio Ficino who was born in Figline in 1433. With its arcades it has the typical appearance of a market-place, in fact there is still a market here every Tuesday morning. On one side of the square there is the collegiate church of S. Maria, first built in 1252, which underwent various changes up until the eighteenth century. In the early part of the XX century several rather drastic interventions realised with a view to taking the church back to its original state of austerity left the church without its seventeenth century altars and Baroque decorations. The façade, framed by two large lateral pilasters and a gable, is characterised by a large sixteenth-century portal with tympanum, at the centre of which there is a terracotta relief of the ‘Madonna Assunta’ made by Giulio Cipriani in 1953.

Inside, there is a terracotta sculpture of S. Giuseppe from the year 1510, attributed to Luca della Robbia. From the church access may be gained to the museum of sacred art which houses the ‘Martirio di San Lorenzo’, by Lodovico Cardi, so-called ‘Cigoli’. On the other side of the square there is the open arcade of the old Serristori hospital, founded in 1399 as a refuge for pilgrims, later transformed into a proper hospital. Inside, from the XVIth century onwards an important pharmacy was run here which closed in 1856.
Figline and Incisa Valdarno
A territory that has fascinated painters and poets
The territory around Figline and Incisa corresponds to the upper Florentine Valdarno, between the massive Pratomagno and the Chianti mountains: two distinct towns, but united by the beauty of a landscape that has fascinated painters and poets. Figline, with Etruscan and Roman origins, was a major cultural centre during the Renaissance. ...