Bocca di Federico II

Rocca di Federico II Tower

The tower was part of San Miniato’s defense system

San Miniato

The tower, which stands at the top of the San Miniato hill, was built in 1220 by Frederick II of Sweden. The tower is famous because it was were Pier delle Vigne was held prisoner. Della Vigna was the loyal secretary of Frederick II, cited in Dante’s Divine Comedy. The tower was destroyed during WWII and completely restored in 1956.

Because of its strategic position, the tower also boasts magnificent views of the surrounding countryside and the city of San Miniato.


San Miniato
Famous for truffles and other treasures
San Miniato is a charming village perched atop a hill located along the Arno river, halfway between Florence and Pisa. The origins of this city, which is famous for its delicious white truffles, go back to the Etruscan-Roman times. The town’s castle was built in 962 by Otto I and, it was known to host Frederick Barbarossa and Pope Gregory V. ...