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Loro Ciuffenna, Arezzo. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

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 that of the Seven Bridges Road) which connected Fiesole with Arezzo. In 123 d.C. This road was replaced by the new Cassia Adrianea passing downstream marginalizing Loro Ciuffenna.

After the Romans, the area was occupied by the Lombards, is in a document dating 939 the first mention of the name Loro, the town was later a fief of the Counts Guidi and in 1293 became part of the Florentine Republic. Already in 1462 the first statutes of the community were already written.

Loro Ciuffenna retains a water mill still working, it’s the oldest in Tuscany. Very spectacular is the old village built on a gorge overlooking the river and where you can admire an impressive network of alleys and narrow streets paved with stone. Are to visit the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, in which is a triptych by Lorenzo di Bicci, and the Museum of Venturino Venturi, where there are works by contemporary artists and sculptures and drawings by Venturino Venturi, who was born in Loro Ciuffenna in 1918.

Loro Ciuffenna, Arezzo. Autore e Copyright Marco Ramerini

Loro Ciuffenna, Arezzo. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Less than two kilometers from the center of the village is the beautiful Romanesque church of San Pietro or Pieve di Gropina, one of the most interesting examples of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany, the church dates to the year one thousand.

Near Loro Ciuffenna, you can admire the Balze, one of the most beautiful and fascinating landscapes of Valdarno: the landscape that is the backdrop to the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.

HOW TO GET TO LORO CIUFFENNA

Loro Ciuffenna is located in eastern Tuscany between Arezzo and Florence, along the upper Valdarno.

By Car: Loro Ciuffenna is about 30 km from Arezzo and 50 Km from Florence. This charming medieval town can be reached via the Autostrada del Sole (A1), take the exit Valdarno, and then moving towards Terranuova Bracciolini. Beyond Terranuova, are another 6 km before reaching Loro Ciuffenna.

Road distances from Loro Ciuffenna: Arezzo 28 km, Florence 53 km, Siena 62 km.

By Bus: Loro Ciuffenna is connected by bus services of Lazzi. Line AL10: Pian di Sco, Loro Ciuffenna, San Giovanni Val d’Arno. Circular Suburban Valdarno Line LAP110: Loro Ciuffenna, Terranuova Bracciolini, Montavarchi, San Giovanni Val d’Arno, Levane. Line LAP109: Arezzo, Castiglion Fibocchi, San Giustino Valdarno, Loro Ciuffenna.

By Train: The nearest railway station is Montevarchi station which is 11 km.

By Air: The nearest airport is Florence-Peretola Amerigo Vespucci, which is 70 km away.

Loro Ciuffenna

Loro Ciuffenna

USEFUL INFORMATION

Weekly Market in Loro Ciuffenna: Monday Weekly market, every Monday from 8.00 to 13.30.

Tourist Information Office Piazza G. Matteotti, Loro Ciuffenna Tel. 055 917 0136

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • AA. VV. “Toscana” Guide Rosse Touring Club Italiano, 2007
  • Don Basilio Fabbri “Loro Ciuffenna e Pratomagno” Confraternita di Misericordia di Loro Ciuffenna, 1996
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