Tuscany - Bucine

Castles, resort and hotels list in Bucine
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Castelletto di Montebenichi - Bucine
A luxury hotel in an antique castle in the heart of Chianti that houses several artistic and historical treasures. For an unforgettable holiday in the gentle Tuscan countryside, surrounded by works of art and high quality comforts...
 
The territory of the town of Bucine is situated in the zone where the last mountains of Chianti meet the upper Arno River Valley, on the banks of the Ambra. It has been a crossing point and settlement since the Roman period (as shown by the Pogi bridge). Located only a few kilometers from the important cities of Florence, Arezzo and Siena, Bucine and Valdambra have had important roles as border territories since the Roman age. During the Middle Ages the fortunes of this town were controlled by the powerful families who had their estates along the marvellous hills that accompany the Ambra to the Arno. From the thirteenth century, the Counts Guidi di Modigliana owned the part of the territory where the castles of Bucine, Pogi, Torre S. Reparata, Galatrona, Caposelvi and Rendola were located. In 1225 all these Castles were under the protection of Arezzo and its Viscount, Orlando degli Albergotti. In the same period the Umbertini di Chitignano owned the upper valley which included Ambra, Rapale, Sogna, Badia a Ruoti and Pietraviva. The Abbey of S.Maria d’Agnano had jurisdiction over Capannole, Castiglion Alberti and S.Pancrazio as well as the town of Agnano. Even Tarlati d’Arezzo had estates there, and in approximately 1325 they siezed the castle of Bucine from the Guidi. But the interests of these feudal lords inevitably clashed with the expansionistic policies of the Florentine Republic. From 1335, the territories of Bucine, Cennina, Galatrona, Torri, Rendola, S. Reparata and Valdambra Fiorentina became part of the domain of Florence and were organized into “Podesteria” (mayorships). This annexation was ratified by the Treaty of Sarzana in 1353. In the following decades the Florentine Republic strengthened its influence in the area. In 1360 the Republic formed a “League” which took the name of “Valdambra” and, in the years between the 14th and the 15th centuries, conquered the upper Ambra valley, until then in the domain of the Ubertini. In 1645 Ferdinando II dei Medici raised the Comune di Bucine to the status of feud and invested Giulio Vitelli with the fief of Marquisate. In 1738 the investiture passed to Niccolò Vitelli. The remaining part of the Valdambra continued to be a “Podesteria” constituted only by the territories of the Cinque Comuni Distrettuali (five Districts). During the period of French domination, Bucine assumed the administrative organization of the “Mairies”. Until 1811, the town was part of the Dipartimento della Prefettura dell’Arno and the Circondario di Arezzo; afterwards the Podesteria of Bucine Valdambra was reconstituted, covering its original area and including 24 town. This is why the present territory is so spread out. Many personalities were born and lived in this area: Gregorio Stendardi, known as “Goro da Montebenichi”, a condottiere who supported the Florentine Republic under the orders of Francesco Ferrucci (1529); Niccolò Angeli, known as “Angelo Bucinese”, a superb Latinist (16th century); and Sanleolini da S. Leolino, a man of letters and a poet (18th century).

 

Barberino Val d'Elsa... Castelvecchio..

Palio di Siena...

Garda Lake..

Apuane Alps...

Sights to see and main destinations

frLocalità Bagnaia (Siena)
frBarberino Val D'Elsa
frTorrita di Siena
frPortoferraio Isola d' Elba island
frSansepolcro
frBibbiena
frCastiglion Fiorentino
frColle di Val d'Elsa
frCastelnuovo Berardenga
frVagliagli
frCasole d'Elsa
frLucignano
frLoro ciuffenna
frMontepulciano
frAsciano
frBucine
frMonteriggioni
frSan Casciano in Val di Pesa Florence
frGreve in Chianti
frLoc. Spedaletto Pienza
frFigline Valdarno Firenze - Florence
 

 

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