Via San Vito di
50026 San Casciano in Val di Pesa
Firenze - Italy
holidays in Chianti
a medieval historical castle
situated in an enchanting position overlooking the river Pesa in the heart
of the Chianti region.
Due to its strategic position high above the valley through which runs an
ancient Roman road (Via Cassia) in around 1000a.c. a tower was erected on
It was not until 13tth Century/14th Century with the rich Florentine merchants
investing vast amounts in land ownership in the Chianti region that Poggiolato
was developed from its initial ‘tower’ to the stately home that
it became, being owned by the noble Cavalcanti family. In fact, in 1255
Guido Cavalcanti was born here – he was a famous literary person of
the time and had close ties with Dante Alighieri.
The Cavalcanti family came off worst during the Guelf and Ghibelline feud
as they were on the losing side of the Guelfs.
Following the Ghibelline victory at Monteaperti in 1268 the Guelfs found
themselves at the hands of the angry Ghibellines who went round setting
fire to several noble properties in the Valdipesa area – amongst which
was the Castello di Montecalvi owned by the Cavalcanti noble family. It
seem possible that ‘ Poggiolato’ suffered the same fate as during
restoration work on the tower, under old plastering, there is evidence of
a fire having taken place. Also, in an old roof tile, a rough drawing has
been found showing the tower to have turrets – hence have the appearance
of a ‘castle’. Could ‘Poggiolato’ be the Castello
di Montecalvi ?
Further building work took place in 1575 to enlarge the property –
as is testimony from an inscription on a stone dated 30th September of that
yearThe present owners, Ugo and Marisa Peruzzi, purchased the property in
1998 and with great tenacity and enthusiasm have restored Il Poggiolato
to its former glory.
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