23 Maggio 2018

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In the Local Village
The nearby village of San Donato in Poggio is within a 10 minute walk from La Papessa. Here you will find several different types of shops, a chemist, pizzerias and restaurants and other useful things, not to mention the medieval charm and beauty of the village itself.
A Little History
The name, “San Donato in Pocie”, first appears in the tenth century AD, which later became San Donato in Poci. The hamlet probably emerged during Roman times, and is on a hill that divides the Elsa Valley from the Pesa Valley.
Later the name became San Donato in Poggio seeing as it is perched on a hill – “poggio” in Italian means small, steep hill or hillock.
In 1033 was fortified into a castle.
In the beginning of the fourth century it became a crucial outpost of the Chianti League, headed by a governor chosen by the Republic of Florence.
On visiting the village you can still see the third century walls, the castle and the south gate (Porta Senese) and the north gate (Porta Fiorentina).
The centre is full of winding, narrow lanes bordered by buildings of the third and fourth centuries, among which you might notice the Torre Campanaria or Bell Tower, built in the twelfth century. In the centre of the piazza is a hexagonal well with its water reserve underneath which extends to the whole area of the piazza. It used to be the only source of water for the village.
THINGS TO SEE
In Italian a Pieve is a church built in a strategic place to allow pilgrims to rest and pray. Just outside the village of San Donato is a Romanic pieve that dates to at least 989 AD when it was mentioned in an Act of Donation. It is a three nave church with three semicircular apses. It is part of a fortified structure that includes a bell tower which almost certainly dates to before the construction of the church.
Inside there is a magnificent wooden crucifix, a baptismal font attributed to Giovanni Della Robbia and a triptych by Giovanni del Biondo. Click here to find instructions to reach the pieve.
Malaspina Palace
This prestigious palace is mentioned in documents of the tenth century AD and was refurbished in late Renaissance times, as you can see today. It was restored by the municipality of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa a few years ago.
It was first the home of the Ticci family and then, in the eighteenth century, became the residence of the Marquis Malaspina who gave his name to it.
Today this palace is a cultural centre where exhibitions and other events take place, attracting tourists and where you can get, from the Pro Loco point, further information about the area. Click here to find out how to reach it.

The Sanctuary of Saint Mary of Grace at Pietracupa
A few kilometres from the village, in the hamlet of Pietracupa, is this sanctuary. It was built at the end of the sixteenth century on the spot where a tabernacle with a fourteenth century fresco of “Madonna and child” by Paolo Schiavo, deemed miraculous, had been.

In about 1600 the fresco was moved to canvas and enriched by Passignano with the addition of saints Peter, Donato, Lawrence and the archangel Gabriel, and placed in the church. Click here for further information.
SAINT MARY OF THE SNOW
This gothic style church is in the middle of the village. Some say that it was built for the castle of San Donato in Poggio and was originally dedicated to Saint Thomas of Aquino, who apparently stayed in the village.
A fresco dating 1413, depicting a Madonna with child between Saint Simon and Saint Taddeo, is on the left hand wall of the chancel. A second fresco of a madonna, of which only fragments remain, is behind the main alter. Click here to find out how to reach it.
Useful addresses in San Donato in Poggio:
provides information for tourists.
Palazzo Malaspina, via del Giglio 3, San Donato in Poggio.
Telephone +39 055 807 2338
Please click here to find out how to get here.

Restaurant La Toppa
Via del Giglio 3, San Donato in Poggio.
Telephone +39 055 807 2900
Please click here to find out how to get here.

Via Madonna di Pietracupa 31, San Donato in Poggio
Telephone +39 055 807 2400
Please click here to find out how to get here.

Via dei Baluardi 2/B, San Donato in Poggio
Telephone +39 055 807 2928
Please click here to find out how to get here.

Resturant and Pizzeria La Taverna da Ciccino
Via del Giglio 3, San Donato in Poggio
Telephone +39 055807 2307
Please click here to find out how to get here.

Via del Giglio 24, San Donato in Poggio
Telephone +39 055 807 2226
Please click here to find out how to get here.

Pizzeria Polisportiva
San Donato in Poggio
Please click here to find out how to get here.

Via Senese 33/35, San Donato in Poggio
Telephone +39 807 2952
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Baker and Grocer Billotti
Via Senese 55, San Donato in Poggio
Telephone +39 055807 2950
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Supermarket COOP
Via Senese 1, San Donato in Poggio
Telephone +39 055 807 2944
Please click here to find out how to get here.

Newsagent
Via Senese 86, San Donato in Poggio
Telephone +39 055 807 2669
Please click here to find out how to get here.

Bar Pieri
via del Giglio 1, San Donato in Poggio
Telephone +39 055 807 2908
Please click here to find out how to get here.

Circolo Bar ‘I Poggio
via Senese 9, San Donato in Poggio
Telephone +39 055 807 2841
Please click here to find out how to get here.

Chianti Bar
Strada Provinciale 101 (Chiantigiana)
Telephone +39 320 940 7264
Please click here to find out how to get here.

L´ospitale del Pellegrino
via Senese 53, San Donato in Poggio
Please click here to find out how to get here.

Nico Abbigliamento
via del Giglio 4, San Donato in Poggio
Telephone +39 055 807 2305
Please click here to find out how to get here.

Distributore Agip
Strada Provinciale 101 (Chiantigiana)
Telephone +39 055 807 2842
Please click here to find out how to get here.

Chemist
Via Senese 1/B, San Donato in Poggio
Telephone +39 055 807 2914
Please click here to find out how to get here.

ATM Chianti Banca
Please click here to find out how to get here.

ATM Banca Di Credito Cooperativo Di Cambiano
Please click here to find out how to get here.

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