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Cassero Medician Fortress
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The Cassero and the Poggio Imperiale Fort in Poggibonsi

An imposing circle of stone walls loom over the landscape

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Via Fortezza Medicea, 1, Poggibonsi SI
These walls make up the external perimeter of a Medici fort, which was built at the start of the 1500s by Lorenzo the Magnificent. The project was never completed and the small town planned inside the fort was never built. Instead, the pentagonal shaped Cassero was built and it is this construction today which rises above the surrounding Tuscan hills.
The whole peak of the Poggio Imperiale hill, which looks over the town of Poggibonsi has played a major role in the history of human settlement in central Tuscany.
Poggibonsi's Cassero
Poggibonsi's Cassero - Credit: Stefano Cannas
The Municipality of Poggibonsi and the University of Siena have worked together to create the Parco Archeologico e Tecnologico di Poggio Imperiale (the Poggio Imperiale Archaeological and Technological Park). Here, tourists can observe archaeological evidence of ancient human settlements and see digs currently in progress. The whole area is such a major archaeological site that the Department of Archaeology in the University of Siena carries out a great deal of research and high level training here.
The council of Poggibonsi is in the province of Siena and has a population of about 27,000 inhabitants
That which is today’s town centre was the ancient “Borgo Marturi”, a holding of the abbey and of the Marturi castle, already established in the XII century. Its position is in fact enviable, being an unavoidable point of passage for the pilgrims on the Via Francigena, on their way to Rome, as well as a zone of boundary between the states of Florence, Siena and Volterra. ...