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Poppi castle and village

Poppi castle and village

On the footsteps of Conte Guidi

Poppi castle, with its majesty dominates the entire Valley of Casentino.  Perfectly preserved, it was built between the end of the 12th and the beginning of the 14th century by the Conti Guidi family, a feudal dynasty that owned the majority of the castles in Casentino.

Thanks to the peculiar staircase designed by the architect Turriani, the castle is as majestic and mighty from the outside, as elegant and slender from the inside.

On the upper floors, we will discover the Biblioteca Rilliana, where we will admire hundreds of medieval manuscripts and the three-dimensional reproduction of Campaldino’s battle, which took place right on the plain below the village.

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Among the models, we will be delighted to find a young Dante lined up among the Florentine Guelfs and other protagonists of the battle that marked the end of a world: that of the Tuscan aristocracy. However, the Castle is also famous for the cycle of the 14th century frescoes that adorn the Guidi Chapel. The author is Taddeo Gaddi, a diligent pupil of Giotto.

On leaving the castle, we will follow an almost linear route that will touch on the points of historic-artistic interest in the village; we will then get to the San Fedele Abbey, a real treasure chest of artworks. Among them, a painted giottesque cross stands out, together with a splendid Madonna with Child by the Master of the Maddalena and an Assumption with St. Benedict by Jacopo Ligozzi.

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