The beautiful church of San Martino is distinctly medieval, a fine example of the Romanesque. The history of Sesto Fiorentino is intricately bound up with that of Florence: indeed, the Florentine Republic built Sesto’s Palazzo Pretorio. Yet the town was still subjected to endless sackings during this period, which is perhaps why, come the Renaissance, a large number of noble residences and fortified villas sprang up, mostly belonging to the Florentine aristocracy. Sesto Fiorentino only really began to take control of its identity in the 1700s, with the foundation of the Doccia porcelain factory. From then on, Sesto’s fine ceramics and porcelain production exploded, and it soon became known as the town’s tradition.
The Bruno Carmagnini Museum of Peasant Culture contains innumerable tools and objects from everyday peasant life as it was once lived in the area. The Teatro della Limonaia, meanwhile, is a little theatre built into the elegant lemon garden in Villa Corsi Salviati, on Viale Gramsci.
Those who prefer to dive headlong into a green paradise might want to head to the Podere La Querciola (known also as the Parco della Piana ANPIL – Podere la Querciola). This large protected area is the ideal destination not only for sporty people but also for those who love to observe wild animals in their natural habitat. Finally, we should mention Montagnola, a stunning example of Etruscan burial architecture.