Poppi, located in the lovely valley of Casentino (at 475 above the sea level), between the cities of Arezzo and Florence, nowadays is part of the National Park of Foreste Casentinesi. This charming place has intactly preserved and kept its artistic and natural beauty, thanks to a non-standardized typology of local tourism.
Medieval hamlet, rare walled fortress where a stunning castle towers above the landscape... this is Poppi! The Catle of Counts Guidi, authentic oeuvre of the noble family of architects Di Cambio, is the "prototype" of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Thanks to the constant restoration works, the castle of Poppi is in perfect state with its whole artistic heritage. Inside it you'll be able to admire the Library "Rilliana", rich in hundreds of manuscripts and incunabulum. Something really worthy is the Chapel of Counts with a series of XIV-century frescoes attributed Taddeo Gaddi, disciple of Giotto.
Coming down from the castle you'll bump into the Propositura of St Marco and Lorenzo (XVIII century), that homes the wonderful works of art by Lingozzi and Morandini. The main piazza in front of it hosts a rare example of Tuscan "late baroque" the Oratory of Madonna del Morbo (XVII century), hexagonal planted building with a splendid cupola "a squame".
Carrying on through the main district flanked by porticoes that allow a splendid view under cover at any time, you'll reach the very ancient Abbey of St Fedele (XI century), rich in precious oeuvres, among which we must mention a Crucified by Giotto, paintings by Ligozzi, Portelli, Davanzati, Morandini and Solosmeo.
The Monastery of Agostiniane (XVI century) has kept notable earthenware and also does worth a visit. You will be enthusiast to end your visit with a toning walk along the whole medieval boundary walls, from where to enjoy a breathtaking panorama of one of the most typical Tuscan country.
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