The first mention of the town of Selvole dates back to 1070, although the town's castle is thought to date back to 1127 and 1158. Selvole was home to a local noble family, the Lambardi, whose representatives became part of the dominant class in the Siena Council in the first half of the twelfth century. In 1230, the town and castle were destroyed by the Florentines and in 1262, the council established that all local taxes should be used to reconstruct the castle. The castle had changed hands by 1317-18 and belonged to the Malavolti family, who owned it until the 1960's. The church San Martino was praised by the mayor of Poggibonsi in 1203. The religious patronage of the Malavolti family is documented up until the fourteenth century. For a certain period, the church was united with Cerreto, until it again became part of the parsonage of Asciata. The plastered interior is home to several Malavolti family tombs and the back wall is painted with a fresco that presents a scene from the life of Saint Martino, dated 1891.
Charming hills, romanesque churches and a sea of castles
Nestled among the blossoming hills of the Chianti and the incredible landscape of the Crete Senesi, the charming area of Castelnuovo Berardenga is found just outside Siena, on the hills separating the first part of the Ombrone valley from the Arbia stream. ...Morekeyboard_backspace
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