The church of Saint Appiano in Barberino Val d’Elsa
Saint Appiano church is on a pleasant hilly area and surrounded by cypress trees
More than just a church, this is more of a religious complex consisting of a Romanesque church, the ruins of an octagonal building, a cloister, a rectory and a group of other buildings slightly set apart which once made up a small village. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and the church is a place of quiet spirituality. The remains of the church’s patron saint are kept here. There are also Etruscan tombs nearby that date back to the eighth century BC. The first documented evidence of a church on this spot dates back to the year 990 and the church itself still has parts of its original proto-Romanesque structure, such as the stone work in the left nave and the crypt. Some of the archaeological finds from digs in the area are on display in two rooms in the religious complex.