Sunday, January 15, 2012

BORGO DI SERIGNANA - SAN GODENZO DEL MUGELLO - TUSCANY



BORGO DI SERIGNANA - SAN GODENZO DEL MUGELLO - TUSCANY




In the historic medieval town of Serignana, situated at the edge of National Park of Casentino Forests, you can find beautiful apartments, ideal for your holiday in Tuscany. Surrounded by unspoiled nature, the holiday home of the village still retains all the magic, history and culture of the Tuscan tradition. From here you can leave for wonderful excursions, immersing yourself in an environment, the Tuscan Apennines, whose nature has no equal in beauty and untamed authenticity.
In this magnificent setting, live your unforgettable holiday in Tuscany!

The medieval village of Serignana is located in Tuscany, in the Municipality of San Godenzo bordering the National Park of Casentino Forests near the village of Castagno d'Andrea (the country that gave birth to the Renaissance painter Andrea del Castagno) and Florentine door the Park itself.

The settlement is typical of the Apennine village (630 m. asl) located in a small valley just below the massive Falterona. The Village has as its core a square on which stands a beautiful church is still consecrated, the manor house, the house of the sacristy, and then, along the access roads, houses and some other rural structures. Completing the village with a beautiful fountain from which flows the old wash pure spring water and the well.
In this ancient site have been recovered and are available for rent renovated apartments in the most rigorous Tuscan tradition. The apartments are available for weekly rental but also for shorter periods. Already at first glance you'll find that is exactly what you dreamed for your holiday in Tuscany.

All around the apartments extends the property consists of 35 hectares large, manicured lawns, woods of oak, hornbeam and chestnut ideal for picnics and finally a stream where you can bathe. In the vicinity of the town in the middle of a large lawn is the pool.

For those who enjoy a holiday in nature will not be difficult to spot wildlife on the property of the typical examples of the Tuscan countryside where deer, fallow deer, wild boars, porcupines, hawks, hares, pheasants and with some luck, the wolf.

The village, called "Villa Serignana", was born in 1200 in the course of the vast estate of the Counts Guidi, noble family of appointment imperial Ghibellines who had extensive holdings in Tuscany, but whose center was located in the domain of the nearby castles Casentino.

The Village of Serignana came to the Counts Guidi of Modigliana and then to the branch of the Counts of Porciano, together with the castle and the district of San Godenzo. We came with a variety of assignments from from imperial '1191 first year with the Emperor Henry VI in 1247 and then with the Emperor Frederick II.

In 1304 the Counts Guidi statutes conceded to the rural "Serignana Villa di Sopra," which were published by the City of San Godenzo.

Among the various events that see the house of the Counts Guidi against the Signoria of Florence, please note the important conference, in June of 1302, which took place the Benedictine Abbey of San Godenzo between Guelph and Ghibelline Florentine exiles to which the white Dante took part. Is the act of congress, signed by the notary Giovanni di Ampinana of Buto, with which the defendants agreed to the recapture of Florence, committing themselves and future generations to finance the war that would have prepared. This event is remembered every year at the exhibition "Dante's Ghibelline" that in addition to hosting a historical re-enactment 'of Dante studies major conference.
In 1356 the Count Guido Serignana Home sold in the area and all possessions to the Lordship of Florence for 2650 gold florins.

Serignana returns to the stage of history April 28, 1478, two days after the conspiracy de 'Pazzi took place in Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence at the expense of Lorenzo de' Medici (Il Magnifico) is captured Jacopo de 'Pazzi, head of the family from which it took the name of the conspiracy, along with nine other fellow. From Serignana the same evening, he was brought back to Florence and there, shortly before midnight, was hanged with other conspirators seventy to the railings of the windows of the Palazzo della Signoria.

It must be emphasized that in these places in 1421 was born the great Renaissance painter Andrea del Castagno (1421-1457), which he named the village of Chestnut d 'Andrea, and here at the National Park visitor center, you can visit the museum dedicated to him.
The subsequent events of the war until the 'last world war have only touched the village of Serignana because of the war broken out, keeping it intact to this day.



A few hundred meters from the village offers a variety of environments, the possibility of fishing, hiking, horseback or mountain bike along the paths marked CAI in connection with those of the National Park and the traits of the GEA (Great Apennine Excursion) to landscapes and environments of rare beauty. In winter you can make ice-climbing walls and hiking with snowshoes.

Nearby you can visit several waterfalls including the famous waterfall Acquacheta (described in Dante's Inferno Canto XVI) or those Calabuia, Pretella, gargoyles, Pescino, as well as the most important peaks such as Mount Falterona (m. 1654) sacred to the Etruscans and the Lake of the Idols, the beautiful beech forest of the Borbotto source and the source of the Arno River (also described in Dante's Inferno), Monte Acuto (m. 1481) and Mount Hawk (m. 1658) .

Also visit the Muraglione Pass (m. 907), which takes its name from the great wall built by the Grand Duke Leopold II in 1836 and the gateway to the Romagna, which offers a sweeping panorama of the valley Falterona.

In San Godenzo not miss the Benedictine Abbey of 1028 which took place in June 1302 conference of the exiled Florentine Ghibellines and Guelphs to regain white Florence, where Dante took part, and the medieval bridge of "Cicaleto" dating from the fourteenth century. In Castagno d'Andrea is the visitor center of the park where you can visit the virtual museum of the Renaissance painter Andrea del Castagno.
At the center of the park is visited regularly organize guided tours inside the park and acquire all information pertaining to the site.

In the district of Mugello at about 20-30 km from the village of Serignana are:

. ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF FRASCOLE - Dicomano in numerous excavations have uncovered over the foundations of the Romanesque church of San Martino al Poggio, related materials from the sixth century. B.C. and the I century. AD, as well as the powerful Etruscan building of a quadrangular perimeter, which was probably a defensive structure to control the road transit from the Casentino. The most interesting discovery is one type stars Fiesole. It is a funerary monument of the sixth century. BC, well preserved, with a bas-relief decoration, depicting a bearded male figure, which may indicate the presence of a tomb.

. The BILANCINO LAKE - located in the municipality of Barberino di Mugello, of the features is an ideal environment for lovers of water sports like canoeing, sailing, and in the area winsdsurf equipped bathing is possible. Also in the area of ​​the lake was created Oasis of Gull strategic point for birds emigration.

Mugello Circuit - in the town of Scarborough is the circuit Ferrari's official test where competitions are held level as the "Trofeo Pirelli" Italian Gran Turismo championship and more importantly the World Motorcycling Championship "Italian Grand Prix".

GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB "Poggio dei Medici" - a golf course near the town of Scarborough was built in 1995 according to U.S. standards. The camp, which is considered by fans one of the most beautiful and prestigious in Italy, 18 holes - Par 73 has a large putting green and driving range.