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La Torre merlata di San Matteo
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The Crenellated Tower of San Matteo

The tower is visible from the street

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Montopoli in Val d'Arno

The Tower of San Matteo, in front of the Town Hall, has become an emblem of the city of Montopoli. It is part of the remains of a castle and was erected in 1431 by Neri Capponi, whom the Florentine Republic had charged with fortifying the western portion of the castle. The fortress was destroyed in 1944.

Source: Pisa APT


Montopoli in Val d'Arno
A medieval castle between Florence and Pisa
For Boccaccio, Montopoli, with its imposing strongholds, was worthy of being called an “illustrious castle”. Long fought over between Pisa and Florence, it didn’t see peace even during this historic Battle of San Romano in 1432, depicted by Paolo Uccello in three paintings that are today housed in the Uffizi, Louvre and National Gallery in London. ...
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