Where is POPIGLIO?



Popiglio is situated in the heart of Pistoiese Mountain along the SS. 12 Abetone-Brenner. Arriving from Florence, Prato and Pistoia, exit from Highway A 11, follow the directions to S. Marcello Pistoiese/ Abetone on the S.S . 66. When you reach La Lima, turn on the left on to the SS 12 and follow the directions for Lucca, after 2 kilometers you reach Popiglio. From Lucca you have to follow the direction to Abetone on the S.S. 12 passing through Borgo a Mozzano, Bagni di Lucca to Popiglio.


Agriturismo Il rifugio dell'Arcobaleno

Via San Giovanni, 1
Popiglio, 51020 Piteglio (PT)
Tel: +39 338 4071443
+39 338 5935361
Email: info@agriturismoilrifugiodellarcobaleno.it

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Main distances

Firenze - Popiglio 75 km
Prato - Popiglio 60 km
Pistoia - Popiglio 32 km
Lucca - Popiglio 44km
Pisa - Popiglio 66 km
Abetone - Popiglio 20 km

 

Towers of Popiglio

Four Kilometers outside the medieval village of Popiglio there are two square stone towers with narrows windows.
One is in fairly good condition, while of the other only the crumbling ruins remain.
The towers were part of the ancient Sicurana fortress, of which a cistern and some sections of wall are still visible.
The fortress was strategically positioned on the border with Lucchesia and dominated the road system of the valley floor, thus representing a defensive stronghold of considerable importance.
It was probably originally constructed by the Romans who were fighting the Ligurians and the Boii Gauls in an attempt to expand their dominion northwards.
Later it would have been part of a defence system of the dominion of the Longobards and Caralingias.
The towers remained strategically important for the Guidi counts of Modigliana in the twelfth century and in the fourteenth century during the violent conflict between Pistoia and Lucca.

 

 

Church of Popiglio

The parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta in Popiglio is one of the most beautiful on the mountain.
It was built in 1271 by Bono da Bonaccolto, using quadrangular sandstone ashlars.
Previously, the village of Popiglio had the church of San Giovanni in Cafaggio as its datum point, on its ruins the villa of the owner of the farmhouse “IL RIFUGIO DELL’ARCOBALENO” has been built.
The roof of Santa Maria Assunta is sloping and the façade is characterised by two pilasters that form the cornerstones.
In the central section of the church there is a large three-mullioned window between two slender glutted pillars, with decorated capitals and a lunette into which a chalice, flowers and cross have been sculpted.
Two double-lancet windows stand on either side of the mainom, each with a column next to it.
On the right the column is spiralled and the capital is decorated with a animal paws, while the one on the left is decorated with flames, although the sculpting on the capital is unrecognisable.
The central portal is surmounted by an architrave into which the Annunciation, the Adoration of the Magi and Crucifixion have been carved, and are just visible.
A cornice of foliage lies above the lunette. In the porch the figures of Madonna and Child, an angel and saint are just visible.
The façade is beautifully constructed, and the porch in front of the portal is a typical architectural feature of Lombardic churches.
On the side where the bell tower stands there is a door, above which there is a rather curious lunette that contains a somewhat ungainly sculpture of a knight brandishing a sword and a large shield.
The belfry is sturdy quadrangle tower that was built using large sandstone ashlars.
It was certainly constructed out of an ancient watchtower.
Inside the presbytery there is a coloured marble altar that was made by Benedetto Fortini in 1726.
On the left wall of the nave there are two altars, the sixteenth-century chapel of the Annunciation, and a beautiful Romanesque pulpit in pietra serena.
The upper section has three panels that illustrate the Adoration of the Magi, the Last Supper and Jesus in the Olive Grove dating back to 1200.
Of note is also the beautiful sixteenth-century confessional.


 



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