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Upper Valdarno

The Balze of Valdarno: the landscape that is the backdrop to the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci

A few km from the exit of Highway A1 Valdarno, between Florence and Arezzo you can admire an interesting erosive phenomenon known with the name of Balze (Cliffs). The Balze are one of the most beautiful and fascinating landscape of Valdarno. These strange natural formations can be seen in the municipalities of Terranova Bracciolini, Castelfranco di Sopra, Pian di Sco, ...

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Pieve di Gropina: one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany

The Pieve of Gropina, is located about 2 km from Loro Ciuffenna, on the Via dei Sette Ponti (road of the Seven Bridges) towards San Giustino, to get there take a detour to the right, which after 800 metres from the junction leading to the village of Gropina. The beautiful Romanesque church of Pieve of San Pietro or Gropina, is ...

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Loro Ciuffenna: a medieval village with the oldest water mill of Tuscany

The village is situated on the slopes of Pratomagno at 328 meters above sea level, the actual center is of medieval origin but Loro Ciuffenna has more ancient origins, infact in the area were found Etruscan and Roman artifacts. During the early Roman period, the Lorese territory was crossed by the Cassia Vetus (the path is still very similar to ...

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