The Church of San Silvestro

A spiritual gem in Larciano

Larciano is a small town located near Monsummano Terme, an area that’s famous for its thermal baths located at the foot of Montalbano. Nestled in typically Tuscan vineyards and olive groves, Larciano most likely owes its first settlement to the construction of a Roman country house called Villa Lariziana. During the Middle Ages, this hamlet became the property of the Guidi Counts, who headed one of Tuscany’s most powerful dynasties. Part of the Municipality of Pistoia since 1226, it was contended over by the Florentines who had their own strongholds in the Empoli area.

The Church of San Silvestro, with its Romanic nave, is certainly one of the city’s most ancient monuments. Thanks to various renovation projects its apse has a classic Latin cross plan. The church is located near the castle and it is said to have been built on the site of a pre-existing pagan temple. Its splendid marble altar is located next to transepts built in the 1800s along with a baptismal font in sculpted marble. Art lovers won’t want to miss viewing a noteworthy fresco by Bartolomeo Valiani  (1838) which depicts San Silvestro as he baptizes Emperor Constantine. In the choral section above the church’s main entrance, you’ll find an organ by Luigi and Cesare Tronci, built in 1862 and decorated with various motifs. This wonderful instrument boasts various features including a 54-key keyboard.
Medieval walls on rolling hills offer a trip back through time
The municipality of Larciano is located in the Province of Pistoia; it currently hosts a population of approximately 6,000 people. Visitors to the town will enjoy a visit to the Lariciano castle which boasts a small archaeological museum. The castle was sited as feudal property in Larciano from as far back as the tenth century. ...