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A small village built on the ancient route of the Via Francigena, in the Crete Senesi, in Buonconvento you can still breathe a timeless atmosphere, a lifestyle, a rhythm punctuated by the striking of the clock of the medieval tower of the Palazzo del Podestà.
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Events

from
monday
22
june, 2020
to tuesday 30 june 2020

Patronal feast of SS. Peter and Paul

About the village

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.


A scam in a medieval tavern described by Boccaccio in the Decameron. A discussion between heretics. A floral and modernist twist on the facade of a house: fresh air among the dominant medieval forms. The color of terracotta, of red-brick, and of the Senesi crete, the clay hills dotted with farms and churches where the diamond white of the truffle born. The severity, the sweetness and the smile on the faces of the Madonnas painted by Sienese artists on tables and murals preserved in the Museum of Sacred Art. The products of a fertile country, pride of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany. The footsteps of the pilgrims echoing on the ancient Via Francigena. The color of crete in autumn, under a sky that never seems to end. An intimate corner of landscape: an old farm, a cypress, a curved white road. All this is Buonconvento and its territory. The strong thirteenth-century defense walls once enclosed the entire village. Even today, the road that crosses inside is devoted to the family that counted among its members a couple of heretics, who contested in the sixteenth century some church doctrines. Via Socciniè perhaps the noblest of the village, the one overlooked by the corridors of power and major landowners: The Podestarile building with the civic tower of the fourteenth century, the Town Hall with the beautiful brick front and the imposing palace of Taja family of the seventeenth-century. Be careful to pass through Via Oscura: you could enter the Middle Ages and never emerge.

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Village of Buonconvento
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

BY CAR

  • From the North: Take the A1 highway, exit at Firenze Certosa, take the Firenze-Siena highway, exit at Siena Sud and continue on the SS 2 Cassia following the signs for Buonconvento.
  • From the South: Enter the A1 highway, exit at Sinalunga or Chianciano Terme and follow the indications for Pienza, once in Pienza follow the indications for S.Quirico d'Orcia and then for Buonconvento.

ON THE TRAIN

  • Buonconvento railway station

BY PLANE

  • Florence airport
  • Pisa airport
  • Rome Fiumicino Airport

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