Lucignano is a small medieval village at the top of a hill on the border between the ancient possessions of Florence, Arezzo, Siena and Perugia, which made it strategically important since ancient times.
The village, with the plant in concentric rings, has an important artistic, landscape and food and wine heritage.
Also Lucignano, like all the other frontier lands, has undergone various cultural influences.
The artists who made the works of art preserved today in the Municipal Museum are predominantly Sienese, including the imposing Golden Tree, also called Tree of Love.A jewel of medieval jewelery, before which young lovers once declared their eternal love.
In the central Piazza del Tribunale the buildings that hit the visitors are the church of San Francesco, the Collegiate Church of San Michele Arcangelo and the Palazzo Comunale, which houses the museum.
The architectural appearance of Lucignano is quite strange, species for the considerable difference between the buildings of the two parts of the historic center. Entering in fact from Porta San Giusto extend two streets: via Roma which is directed to the left and via Matteotti which instead turn toward the right. The first is traditionally known as "Poor Alley", as formerly resided therein families more humble, and is distinguished by the presence of buildings in medieval times by the small size. The second one is called "Rich Alley" and here lived a time the noble families of the village, as witnessed by the elegant buildings in renaissance style.
Looking at the village from above, the eye can only be struck by the spotted covers the roofs of the houses, which draw circles long and narrow, as a shell, building a plant elliptical in concentric rings. As a cap on the top of a hill, Lucignano has the form of such harmony and beauty, that it can be taken as a model as a perfect medieval village. Entering in the historical center the lively atmosphere that typical products shops give to the place surrounds and infects the visitor, that, while he arrives at the central square, is lost between the renaissance palaces of the Strada dei Cavalieri. But Lucignano is also narrow streets and houses of bricks of modest make because, although in its unity and harmony, the village in the centuries has not been able to prevent that human game of parties which causes inevitably the city to divide between "Districts" and "poor neighborhoods". Yet today, no matter what social class you belong, in spring, in Lucignano thousands of flowers fill the sky and fly over our heads, launched by the inhabitants of the quarters that parade through the streets of the city center on floats. Accompanied by musical groups and joyful vivacity, give life to a true and proper "Battle of Flowers": it is the traditional spring festival or Maggiolata, that the inhabitants of the place, but also tourists, are waiting impatiently for the whole year.
Village of Lucignano
The Municipality of Lucignano
Province of Arezzo
Altitude center: 400 m a.s.l.
The Municipality is part of:
Città della chianina
Paesi bandiera arancione
Strada del Vino Terre di Arezzo
Borghi più belli d'Italia
Piazza del Tribunale 22 - Tel. +39 0575 83801
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