Santa Verdiana is the patron saint and symbol of the city, so it's no surprise that you'll find a museum dedicated to the noblewoman-turned-saint in her hometown. What may surprise you, though, is the depth and beauty of the collection. That's because works have been gathered from country churches around the province and put on display in this lovely complex.

The town of Castelfiorentino has enjoyed a long history of prosperity, thanks to its location; not only was it along strategic routes that connected the area's important towns, it was also along the Via Francigena pilgrimage road. Several noble families had their estates around here, including the Pucci, Torrigiani, Cambi and Tempi clans, so there are churches chapels that were enriched with beautiful works thanks to their patronage.

It is more than a museum but also a monastery and sanctuary dedicated to the saint. Here you'll find major works by artists like Giotto and Ciambue along with less-known but highly talented Tuscan artists. The museum spans four halls on two floors, in the adjacent building known as Il Casalone ("the big house"). The high Baroque sanctuary is a work of art in itself.

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Address in Castelfiorentino:

Piazza Santa Verdiana.