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Church of San Pietro in San Piero a Sieve
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Places of worship

The country church of San Pietro in San Piero a Sieve

Discovering one of the most ancient churches of the Mugello

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San Piero a Sieve
The country church of San Pietro has been cited in historical documents as far back as the XI century. Built in the heart of the Municipality of San Pietro a Sieve, its current structure was built in the mid XIV century. Inside, you’ll still be able to spot various elements pertaining to the original building, even if the majority of it has been rebuilt. The country church has three naves and five Roman arches, upheld by five rectangular pillars that probably substituted its original columns.

You can also see hints of the older structure in the rectangular tribune, built where the apse once stood. On the main altar, there’s a wooden cross created by Raffaello da Montelupo. Inside, you’ll find an octagonal baptismal font in glazed terracotta made by the School of Giovanni della Robbia. It depicts stories from the life of Saint John the Baptist. In addition, you’ll find the Medici coat of arms, evidence that the country church once belonged to the Medici dynasty.
San Pietro Church
San Pietro Church - Credit: Sailko

An important figure for this church is Tommaso Poggini. He lived during the XVIII century and died in San Piero a Sieve. He was pastor at the Church of San Cristofano in Florence and later parish priest at the country Church of San Pietro. Thanks to his personality, he became friend of various illustrious figures of his time such as the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Pietro Leopoldo and Pope Benedict XIV who urged him to manage the church in the Mugello.

San Piero a Sieve
Parish churches, bridges and old convents, between Florence and Mugello
Arriving in San Piero a Sieve, you are welcomed by one of the greatest sights for sore eyes in all the Mugello. The valley that cradles the town is closed off to the north by a green mantle of beech trees, silver fir and Scots pine in the Emilio-Tuscan range of the Apennines; to the south by the spurs of the mountains which curve round towards the Florentine basin; to the west by the ...