The Church of Santo Stefano was built between 1900 and 1921 by Bernardini, an architect from Pescia, on the remains of a Church dating back to the 1300s.
Created in the Florentine Renaissance style, its three-nave structure boasts a transept and cross-vault cupola. Visitors to the church won’t want to miss viewing its noteworthy works of art. Its main treasure is an altar piece representing the Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Saint Elisabeth (surrounded by saints Sebastiano and Rocco).
Made in terracotta and polychrome stained glass, it is attributed to Giovanni della Robbia (1524 to 1525). You’ll also find a beautiful wooden cross from the XVII century, situated in the right-hand nave. It stands against a damask silk background which represents the pain of Christ’s sacrifice and its style is typical of the Baroque period.
Visitors also won’t want to miss an oil-on-canvas painting called ‘Glory of the Angels’. Attributed to the School of Cignani (1628-1719), it depicts a chalice, a communion host and Christ’s crown of thorns.
Above the left nave, there’s a noteworthy ‘Virgin with Christ-child and Saints’ attributed to artists from the Tuscan School from the first half of the 1700s. Centrally located, in the apse, you’ll find a painting by an unknown artist (late XV/early XVI century) representing ‘Christ on the Cross surrounded by saints Jacopo, Girolamo, Francis and Antonio Abate.
Above the doorway leading to the sacristy, you’ll see an oil-on-canvas work depicting the Virgin and Child giving the Rosary to Saint Domenic and Saint Catherine of Siena. This work was probably created by a painter belonging to the Tuscan school in the mid seventeenth century.