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Rocca di Federico II

Historical Buildings

The tower was part of San Miniato’s defense system

The Rocca di Federico II is located in San Miniato, one of the most famous towns in Tuscany, halfway between Pisa and Florence. Strolling through the streeets, you’ll be immersed in the unique atmosphere and history of the town. The symbol of San Miniato is the Rocca di Federico II, a tower built around 1220 on the orders of Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor. The tower is famous for having been the prison where Pier delle Vigne was held, the loyal secretery to the emperor mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy. The structure was destroyed during World War II and carefully rebuilt in 1956.

Thanks to its strategic position, the tower vaunts a magnificent view of the town and the surrounding countryside. With a bit of luck and clear weather, you can even see Florence, Volterra and Pistoia through the telescope.

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