Peccioli (Tuscany, Center)
Photo by Municipality
The slogan of the town of Peccioli is simple but significant: “Peccioli, a place to live. Well” It seems that the local council has made quality of life the way forward. A choice to be shared of course, but often difficult to put into practice, especially in big cities. Not here. Peccioli is a model of sustainability for all municipalities of less than 5000 inhabitants, who are fortunate enough to be located in the landscape that is the envy of Europe.
What not to miss
On top of a hill, along the River Era, Peccioli seems to be the perfect advertisement for Tuscany. We find all the old characters and traditions happily married to modernity and the enjoyment of life and the making of culture. Thus, in every corner of the village, visitors will find themselves face to face with works of contemporary art by international artists who have be called to Peccioli since 1991 to enrich the architectural heritage of the part of the town that suffered destruction during the last war, the medieval castle.
The most prestigious signs of the past can be found in Piazza del Popolo and comprise the Praetorian Palace, and the church, named after St. Verano who was born between the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. Towards the square, however, shows the reverse side, because the main front in beautiful Romanesque style with five arches, overlooks a smaller square. The medieval Praetorian Palace is home to the Museum of Russian Icons with its collection, made by Francesco Bigazzi, of 60 works from over the past two centuries.
Peccioli, with its neighbouring municipalities, is part of the Parco Alta Valdera, where six nature trails in the purest image of the Tuscan countryside have been created and which also touch on isolated villages and houses, often of remarkable monumental value. In the village of Libbiano there is the Galileo Galilei astronomic observatory whose aim is also didactic. The colombana grape has been cultivated for centuries on the hills of Peccioli and has an amber colour and sweet flavour, yielding a delicious jam, much fought over by tourists with a sweet tooth.
Why it received the “Orange flag”, seal of tourism and environmental quality
The town offers visitors a lively, compact old town, a good variety of historical and cultural attractions and good environmental management of the local territory.