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Castelnuovo Berardenga
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Villa a Sesta

A colorful hamlet in Chianti

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Castelnuovo Berardenga
In the heart of Chianti’s countryside, one can enjoy unique scenery that is seeped in art, history and nature. Villa a Sesta, an evocative ancient village, provides visitors with the opportunity to catch a glimpse of a picturesque hamlet whose economy has always been deeply influenced by agriculture. This town is located along the provincial road that leads to Brolio. Until the mid IX century it belonged to the Berardenga counts. In 1882, their estate was assigned to the San Salvatore Abbey in Campi, known as ‘della Berardenga’. Written evidence regarding the Church of Santa Maria in Villa a Sesta dates as far back as the VIII century; it was once a subsidiary of the hamlet of San Felice. The structure visible today is the result of a complete re-edification process that occurred during the XIX century. The church’s lateral altars are located within their respective chapels. Visitors will especially appreciate a wooden statue representing the Virgin and Child by Jacopo della Quercia and a painting depicting Saint Catherine from the XVIII century.
Source: Municipality of Castelnuovo Berardenga

Castelnuovo Berardenga
The vast territory is close to the evocative Crete Senesi
Castelnuovo Berardenga is at an altitude of 351m and has a population of approximately 7000 inhabitants. The town takes its name from Count Berardo, a descendant of the Count of Siena Guinigi who governed over the city during the second half of the IX century. His family moved to the country when they lost control of Siena. ...