The fourteenth-century village of Buonconvento, perfectly preserved, is the most important center in the Val d'Arbia.

 
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Buonconvento
The luck in Val d'Arbia

The Municipality of Buonconvento
Province of Siena
Tuscany Region

inhabitants: 3.173
Altitude center: 147 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
City of chianina
Communes of the Via Francigena
Road of Wine Orcia

From the Latin bonus conventus, meaning felicitous or fortunate community: a happy congregation of people benefiting from the fruitfulness of the land and the advantages of the proximity of the Arbia and Ombrone rivers, as well as the excellent position on the important Via Francigena road. Here travelers found food and lodging. Buonconvento is 25 km from Siena, 145 meters above sea level, and covers a territory of about 65 square km. The Via Francigena passed along this main street, lined with the town's most important buildings. It is named for the Soccini family, originally from this area, some members of which were famous Sienese juriconsults. Other family members, religious reformers and contesters of certain Church doctrines, led a movement called "Socinianism"that spread to various parts of Europe.

Historic building in Buonconvento

  • PORTA SENESE (SIENESE GATE). This majestic and imposing tower gate was built in 1379 by the Sienese Governors, along with the city walls. It is in typically Sienese style, with a Gothic arch over the entrance, which still conserves its iron-clad wood fittings, restored in 1998. On the front are two emblems, the black and white "balzana" of Siena and that of the municipality of Buonconvento
  • MUSEO DELLA MEZZADRIA SENESE (SIENESE SHARECROPPING MUSEUM). Located in the old Del Taja vat storage building, restored in 1997, the museum is a precious container of farming memories, tools and objects, as well as aspects of the landscape and of the life and work of sharecroppers. It includes multimedia spaces with speaking figures, videos, images and educational and cultural laboratories. It is also the site of the Tourist Office. 
  • CHIESA DEI SANTI PIETRO E PAOLO (CHURCH OF SAINTS PETER AND PAUL). This ancient church may date back as far as 1103. Henry VII, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, died here on August 24th, 1313. The church was completely rebuilt in 1705 in a classicizing form and embellished with paintings by the best Sienese artists, currently kept in the local Museum of Sacred Art. 
  • MUSEUM OF SACRED ART OF THE VAL D’ARBIA. Palazzo Ricci Socini hosts a Museum that displays paintings, sculptures and liturgical objects linked to the territory, produced between 1300 and 1800. This palazzo is also a splendid example of Liberty-style architecture, was designed by architect Gino Chierici at the beginning of the 20th century. It contains precious interior decorations.

The History

  • 1191 - King Philip Augustus of France, returning from the third crusade along the Via Francigena, notes having stayed in the mansion of Bon-couvent: his recollection is the earliest historic documentation of Buonconvento. 
  • 1208 - Buonconvento is taxed 30 lire - a significant sum in those days - by Siena, which is at war with Florence and in need of money. This fact testifies to the economic prosperity the town enjoyed. 
  • 1313 - Henry VII of Luxembourg, the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, in Italy to restore imperial authority, dies on August 24th in Buonconvento after having conquered it.
  • 1316 -The town is seized by Uguccione della Faggiola, and by the Perugians in 1358 in their struggle against the Sienese. 
  • 1371 - Construction begins on the fortifications, and in 1385 the Palazzo of the Podesta' is built.
  • 1400 - Buonconvento becomes the seat of a vast podesta' jurisdiction comprising 32 villages.
  • 1480 - The Sienese Governors concede to Buonconvento the privileges of Sienese citizenship. 
  • 1559 - With the fall of Siena, Buonconvento becomes part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany under the powerful Medici family. It maintains the podesta' jurisdiction, and remains the most important town in the Arbia River Valley.

Surrounding Area
For art lovers, the countryside around Buonconvento offers interesting occasions. The Parish Church of Santa Innocenza in Piana is a fortified complex documented as far back as 1081. Vi1la di Piana boasts a residence that was one of the "granges" of Siena's historic Hospital. Castelrosi has an example of a Medieval fortified farm, partially restored in the 20th century. The XII¬ century Castle of Bibbiano is enclosed within a compact ring Wall, and nearby is the castle-villa La Torre. Castelnuovo Tancredi offers an architectural complex: with a donjon, a 16th-century villa, a farmhouse and a church. Also interesting to visit are the farms of Chiatina, Armena, Casale Sergardi, Serravalle and Resta.

LIBERTY STYLE IN BUONCONVENTO
Buonconvento also means Liberty, a typically urban style that took hold here as well, putting the town on the map in the world of art and good taste. A unique example in the province of Siena, Liberty style here took a serene, refined form that played on materials, colors and decorative effects, in exteriors as well as in highly "floral" interior decorations consisting of frescoes, stained glass and wrought iron. Examples include Palazzo Ricci Socini, Palazzo Farnetani, Palazzo Ricci, the old Grisaldi del Taja preschool, Palazzina Sensi and Palazzina Castell8ni Bettarini, all located along Via Soccini, Via Roma and Via D.Alighieri. On the Cassia road heading towards Rome stands the Villa La Rondinella, another magnificent example of Liberty style, designed by the architect Gino Chierici.

Next or present Events

  • Good Friday Procession
    19-04-2019
    Good Friday Procession
    Religious occurrences

    Add to calendar 2019-04-19 2019-04-19 Europe/Rome Good Friday Procession On Friday evening, groups of people in costume will echo the passion and death of Jesus in a fascinating and particularly engaging atmosphere. The procession was established in 1726 after the country miraculously escaped the damage of a strong quake of earthquake. The procession also includes the heirs of the ancient Laicali Computers, well documented in the territory. For this occasion, the path where the representation of the inhabited center is displayed is richly enlightened. Buonconvento

    On Friday evening, groups of people in costume will echo the passion and death of Jesus in a fascinating and particularly engaging atmosphere. The procession was established in 1726 after the country miraculously escaped the damage of a strong quake of earthquake. The procession also includes the heirs of the ancient Laicali Computers, well documented in the territory. For this occasion, the path where the representation of the inhabited center is displayed is richly enlightened.

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  • First Summer Moon
    15-06-2019
    First Summer Moon
    Festival

    Add to calendar 2019-06-15 2019-06-15 Europe/Rome First Summer Moon The event is promoted by the 4 Districts, in collaboration with the Municipality.
    Along the Via Soccini there is a large outdoor dinner, with the scents and dishes of the local traditional cuisine, to celebrate the new First Moon of Summer.
    They make the background of the evening, projections, slides, traditional songs and stornelli to recall the roots of the village's peasant past.
    For information, contact the Neighborhood Associations of Buonconvento or the Culture Office of the Municipality (phone 0577/809737).
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    The event is promoted by the 4 Districts, in collaboration with the Municipality.
    Along the Via Soccini there is a large outdoor dinner, with the scents and dishes of the local traditional cuisine, to celebrate the new First Moon of Summer.
    They make the background of the evening, projections, slides, traditional songs and stornelli to recall the roots of the village's peasant past.
    For information, contact the Neighborhood Associations of Buonconvento or the Culture Office of the Municipality (phone 0577/809737).

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  • Patronal feast of SS. Peter and Paul
    From 22-06-2019
    To 30-06-2019
    Patronal feast of SS. Peter and Paul
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-06-22 2019-06-30 Europe/Rome Patronal feast of SS. Peter and Paul Buonconvento

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  • It's Christmas at Buonconvento
    From 01-12-2019
    To 31-12-2019
    It's Christmas at Buonconvento
    Festival

    Add to calendar 2019-12-01 2019-12-31 Europe/Rome It's Christmas at Buonconvento A month of events with art exhibitions, cribs, gastronomy with chestnut flavors and vin brulé, markets, concerts. Buonconvento

    A month of events with art exhibitions, cribs, gastronomy with chestnut flavors and vin brulé, markets, concerts.

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Past Events

  • Beer Village
    From 08-09-2017
    To 10-09-2017
    Beer Village
    Festival

    In Bibbiano

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  • Sagra della Val d’Arbia
    From 15-09-2017
    To 24-09-2017
    Sagra della Val d’Arbia
    Festival

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  • Treno Natura. Littorina d’epoca
    24-09-2017
    Treno Natura. Littorina d’epoca
    Festival

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  • Adhesion to World Francigena Ultramarathon
    21-10-2017
    Adhesion to World Francigena Ultramarathon
    Festival

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  • Chestnuts & Vin Brulè
    08-12-2017
    Chestnuts & Vin Brulè
    Feasts

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  • First edition "Festival of Nova heroic"
    From 27-04-2018
    To 01-05-2018
    First edition
    Sports

    For five days Buonconvento swing its wonderful medieval village and will offer everyone the opportunity to discover the knowledge and the flavors of a unique land that makes the quality of life its business card, with markets, concerts, street food based Typical products of the valley of the And still: Open museums, nature walks and competitive and non-cycling routes.

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Other Events

  • End of November - Autumn Cretes. Flavors of Val d'Arbia. The flavors, scents and landscapes of the Crete Senesi mix with the warm autumn colors to offer a unique experience that envelops all the senses. A month of tastings and ancient legends involving the Communes of the Circondario of Crete Senesi with special events: exhibitions, tastings, guided tours, workshops and shows where every type of traveler will find his chance to know these lands. Buonconvento special events to discover the truffle, the beauties of the area between museums, short chain markets and exhibitions set up by hobbyists and collectors.

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Within the province

Agriturismo Spazzavento
Loc. Spazzavento, Fraz. Piazze - 53040, Cetona (SI)
45.70 Kilometers from Buonconvento
Albergo Ristorante La Fontanella
Piazza Roma 38, San Casciano dei Bagni (SI)
44.06 Kilometers from Buonconvento
Fonteverde Tuscan Resort & Spa
Loc. Terme 1, San Casciano dei Bagni (SI)
44.49 Kilometers from Buonconvento
Tenuta Montefreddo
località Montefreddo, San Casciano dei Bagni (SI)
44.64 Kilometers from Buonconvento
Azienda Agricola Fratelli Mori
Piazza Pertini 8, San Casciano dei Bagni (SI)
46.20 Kilometers from Buonconvento
Hotel Sette Querce
Viale Manciati, 2, San Casciano dei Bagni (SI)
43.86 Kilometers from Buonconvento

Within the province

Azienda Agrituristica Pomponi
Loc. la Fonte 169, Celle Sul Rigo, San Casciano dei Bagni (SI)
41.15 Kilometers from Buonconvento
Ristorante Daniela
Piazza Giacomo Matteotti, 7, San Casciano dei Bagni (SI)
43.71 Kilometers from Buonconvento

Within the province

Panizzi Winery
loc. Santa Margherita, 34 , San Gimignano (SI)
52.30 Kilometers from Buonconvento
Azienda Agricola Teruzzi & Puthod
Località Casale, 19, San Gimignano (SI)
52.44 Kilometers from Buonconvento
Giacomo Mori
Piazza Pertini, 8, San Casciano dei Bagni (SI)
46.20 Kilometers from Buonconvento
Pasticceria Il Campanile
Viale Gramsci 9, San Casciano dei Bagni (SI)
43.76 Kilometers from Buonconvento
Cantine Ravazzi
Via delle Cantine, 2 - Loc. Palazzone, San Casciano dei Bagni (SI)
46.16 Kilometers from Buonconvento
Also 2 Indian VIPs have chosen an italian village for their wedding
Bollywood star Anushka Sharma and Cricket national captain Virat Kohli will marry in an exclusive location near Buonconvento (Siena).
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NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.