Municipality of Poppi
Province of Arezzo
Altitude Center: 437 m s.l.m.
The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Protected natural areas:
Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi
Riserva naturale Badia Prataglia
Riserva naturale Camaldoli
Municipality of Poppi
Via Cavour 11 - Poppi (AR)
phone +39 0575-50221
Poppi ("Póppi" in the local dialect) is placed at the center of the Casentino (437 m.slm) in Tuscany, before the Arno valley between the provinces of Arezzo and Florence, today National Park, remained almost intact in its artistic and natural beauties thanks to a discrete and respectful tourist visits. The medieval village of Poppi is a rare walled city to the top of the governor among the castle of the Counts Guidi, prototype of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. Therein, the Rilliana Library full of hundreds of medieval manuscripts and incunabula. Another element of absolute importance is the Chapel of the Guidi Counts with a cycle of fourteenth-century frescoes attributed to Taddeo Gaddi, a pupil of Giotto. In the main square, at the foot of the Castle is visible a rare example of "Tuscan Late Baroque architecture", the Oratory of the Madonna del Morbo (XVII century), a hexagonal building with dome scales. Continuing for the borgo maestro lined with arcades that allow a visit to covered in each time you arrive at the ancient Abbey of San Fedele (XI century). Finally, the Augustinian Monastery (16th century), which conserves valuable terrecotte robbiane. In Poppi is widespread and renowned the ancient art of mobile thanks to which are made objects spazianti from renaissance style up to modern, passing for the rustic one.
The microcosm of venerable hermits, innkeepers, friars, jugglers, penitents, abbesses, converted and Madonnas that, in Fiabe fantastiche by Emma Perodi (1892), recite their part on the same depth of the Casentino, enlightens us on the essence of this valley that draws a different Tuscany: not the one of Giglio, Fiorentina, elegant geometric, harmonica, Renaissance, but that where the Arno opens the road in the middle of the mountains of the Apennines, toward the borders of Romagna. Here, everything is more forested, more mystic. Here, the ravines in the caves and of course in the details, the devil hides. Precisely in the Casentino area where in the first centuries of Christianity, there were monks who spent their lives to collect and write legends of saints, the devil appears. And even if this is no longer the case, we still feel mysterious presences in the woods surrounding the parish churches and castles of Casentino. Between these castles, that of Poppi maintains its romantic "aura": its mole imposes itself on the valley, is visible from all towns around and is the expression of the warrior spirit of its founders, the Guidi Counts, uncontested lords of Casentino until 1440, when the betrayal of one of them opened the road to the florentine possession. The castle bears the signature of the famous family of architects Di Cambio and is the "prototype" of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The existing walls and four ports (originally five) Â of the village were already constructed since about thirty years when, on 11 June 1289, they fought at Campaldino, in the plain below Poppi, one of the most important battles of the Middle Ages, to which participated also Dante Alighieri: Florence against Arezzo, i.e. Guelphs against the Ghibellines. Two things must be seen in the castle: the Rilliana Library full of 25 thousand antique volumes, manuscripts and incunabula; and the fourteenth-century cycle of frescoes attributed to Taddeo Gaddi, a pupil of Giotto.
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NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.