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La chiesa di San Silvestro con la finestra rotonda. Autore e Copyright Marco Ramerini
La chiesa di San Silvestro con la finestra rotonda. Autore e Copyright Marco Ramerini

Walk in Chianti: between La Piazza and San Silvestro

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Written by Marco Ramerini. My friend Marcello Marcucci introduced me to a corner of our land that I did not know. With a splendid walk in the Chianti of almost 10 kilometers we crossed the area that is located between the provincial road 101, which connects San Donato to Castellina in Chianti, and the regional road 222, the Chiantigiana.

This itinerary in a splendid territory rich in woods, vineyards and olive groves allows you to admire landscapes ranging from the Apennine to the Apuan Alps. Along the way you can admire splendid views of the villages in the area such as San Donato and Barberino Val d’Elsa. It crosses modern vineyards and ancient abandoned terraces. There are traces of ancient paved streets, suggestive and ancient dry stone walls, old votive tabernacles and fascinating ruins.

La chiesa di San Giorgio in Piazza. Autore e Copyright Marco Ramerini
The church of San Giorgio in Piazza. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The itinerary in Chianti that we have traveled begins from the small church of San Giorgio in Piazza, which is located along the road that leads from Sicelle to the Strada Chiantigiana. A charming little church but desolately abandoned, like many now in the area. The route, which is done entirely on splendid dirt roads, is uphill for a good part of the first stretch (about 2 km), then a short downhill stretch and again uphill to Nittardi.

Panorama sul Chianti. Autore e Copyright Marco Ramerini
Panorama on the Chianti. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

ANCIENT RUINS IN THE WOODS

After a final uphill stretch you reach the highest point from where you have some splendid views of the surrounding landscape. From here, along a flat stretch, you go through a wide arch and in a short time you pass on the opposite side until you reach the place, for me, the most beautiful of this route: the ruins of the church of San Silvestro.

La chiesa di San Silvestro con la finestra rotonda. Autore e Copyright Marco Ramerini
The church of San Silvestro with the round window. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini
Il basamento dove, forse, era posizionata una croce davanti alla chiesa di San Silvestro. Autore e Copyright Marco Ramerini
The base where, perhaps, a cross was placed in front of the church of San Silvestro. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini
I ruderi della chiesa di San Silvestro. Autore e Copyright Marco Ramerini
The ruins of the church of San Silvestro. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

The few remains of the church are located alongside the country road bordered by ancient dry stone walls and immersed in a wood. The church has only two walls still partially standing. On one wall there is a round opening, while above what must have been the end of the church there is an arched structure where perhaps the church bell was placed. In front of the church you can still see the base where the cross was.

A PLATE COMMEMORATES THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE AQUEDUCT

Antica targa dell'acquedotto di Tavarnelle Val di Pesa. Autore e Copyright Marco Ramerini
Ancient plaque of the Tavarnelle Val di Pesa aqueduct. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini

Our walk in this part of Chianti continues going back for a few meters up to the downhill path to the left (coming from San Silvestro). Shortly after starting the path there is a small tank of the San Donato in Poggio aqueduct with an old commemorative plaque. The path continues uphill in part to the Filigare and then rejoins the path we followed at the beginning of our walk in Chianti. Thanks Marcello for making me discover this corner of our land.

Mappa della passegiata tra La Piazza, Nittardi e San Silvestro
Map of the walk between La Piazza, Nittardi and San Silvestro

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About Marco Ramerini

Ho pubblicato alcuni scritti sulla storia delle esplorazioni geografiche e del colonialismo, in particolare sulle isole delle spezie, le Molucche. Ho ideato alcuni siti internet tra cui il sito www.colonialvoyage.com dedicato alla storia dell'esplorazione geografica e al colonialismo. Poi il sito www.borghiditoscana.net dedicato alla mia regione: la Toscana. Oltre che a molti altri siti di viaggi in diverse lingue. Viaggiatore, scrittore di guide turistiche online, ricerco e scrivo di storia. Sono appassionato di astronomia e fotografia.
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