La Torre e l'arco di Castruccio Castracani
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The Tower and the Arch of Castruccio Castracani

A medieval town of which little remains

Montopoli in Val d'Arno

Of the medieval town walls only the imposing arch is conserved, said to be by Castruccio, at the feet of the stronghold, built in stone ashlars in the lower part and in bricks on the higher part: all of the doors of the stronghold were equipped with ante-gates and were controlled by watch towers. Little today can be recognised of the building typology of the medieval house-towers, considerably transformed in the following period, with the exception of the Tower, said to be by Castruccio, dating back to the XIII century, while the structure of the church stands out, built inside the castle walls.


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Montopoli in Val d'Arno
A stupendous medieval village that conserves the remains of its walls and fortifications
Montopoli rises on the back of a hillock of tufo near to the Arno river and was one of the most important castles of the lower Valdarno, remembered by Boccaccio as the “Eminent Castle” for its powerful fortifications. Still today the oldest part of Montopoli conserves the aspect of the typical medieval settlement. ...
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