From the charming village of Artimino, the ancient Artemium founded on settlements of which there are records since the Bronze Age and made famous for the Villa la Ferdinanda and the Etruscan Necropolis of Prato Rosello, we will start our soft trek passing through the old walls and the famous Porta Turrita.
We will head towards the Villa Medicea or the "Hundred Chimneys," whose exterior architecture we will admire while reconstructing its particular history.
We will continue to Poggio la Malva to visit the Etruscan Necropolis of Prato Rosello, which originated in the Orientalizing Etruscan period, circa 7th century B.C.
Along an evocative route that will give us beautiful panoramic views of the Arno River we will dwell on the recent history inherent in the Buricchi Brigade's assault on the explosives convoy in 1944.
We will pass through the historic Porta del Barco Reale Mediceo gate until we arrive among extensive cultivated fields and vineyards at the beautiful Pieve di San Leonardo, a vivid example of Romanesque Abbey architecture.
After the stop we will complete our loop tour returning to our starting point along a characteristic hill ridge, observing in silence the nature and rurality of this splendid strip of Tuscany.
The highlights we will visit in this proposal:
- Villa La Ferdinanda (outdoor only)
- Etruscan Necropolis of Prato Rosello
- The Gateway to the Royal Barco
- The Parish Church of St. Leonard and St. Mary
The tour will take place on Saturday, November 12, at 9:30 a.m.