What to see in Vaglia? One of the finest attractions is definitely Villa Demidoff with its beautiful park. In addition you can visit other important villas of the municipality and one of the most important convent in all of Tuscany. Read the article and find out what to see in Vaglia.
Villa of Bivigliano
Villa of Bivigliano was built in the sixteenth century, probably on the project of Bernardo Buontalenti, who at that time was making Villa Demidoff in Pratolino. It is located on the ruins of a castle that belonged to the Ginori family. The park around the villa was used by Filippo Ginori as a hunting reserve. In 1690 the artificial cave was built. In 1859 the villa was bought by Luigi Pozzolini, who inserted into the large park varieties of exotic plants. To the left of the Villa there is the Chapel of Madonna della Neve. On the facade you can admire the seventeenth-century balconied portal. There is also an Italian garden with a central fountain and four square flower beds. Today it is used to celebrate weddings and other events.
Villa Demidoff is what remains of the Villa Medicea of Pratolino. It was owned by the Medici family. Its renovation was entrusted to Buontalenti, which also produced a beautiful park with water games, artificial grottoes, mazes and much more. In 1822 the Lorraine demolished the original Villa. The Demidoff family decided to create the new villa in the secondary building of pages. The park surrounding the Villa is one of the most important and large English gardens. Read more…
Convent of Montesenario
The convent of Montesenario is one of the most important sanctuaries in Tuscany. Monte Senario is situated Mount Senario is located about 800 meters above sea level. In 1233 the convent was occupied by seven noble Florentines who retired to eremic life. Thus the order of the Servants of Mary was born. The first convent was built in 1241 in the ruins of the castle. Since then many changes have been made. The convent includes several buildings: S.Maria’s Church, the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, the Seven Saints Chapel, the Choir, the convent with the 15th-century cloister. The works in the Monastery dates back to the 17th century. To admire the fresco of the last supper by Matteo Rosselli and the Crucifix in Ferdinando Tacca’s polychrome stucco. You can also visit the caves where the Servi di Maria originally inhabited and the icebox, considered to be the largest in Italy. From the convent you have a magnificent view over the Mugello countryside and here is made the liquor: Gemma d’Abete.
Parish Church of San Pietro
The Parish Church of San Pietro dates back to ancient times, so much so that it is quoted in a document of 983. Along with the parish church of San Piero in Sieve is one of the oldest in Mugello. Its function was not only the religious but also the refuge for pilgrims. The church, damaged in 1789, was restored only in 1949. During the restorations, structural changes were also made. In fact, the church had to be simpler and wider.
Inside you can admire a wooden crucifix attributed to Giambologna, some festoons and an angel head located on the Baptismal Source attributed to Andrea della Robbia. In addition, there is a Madonna del Rosario by Pietro Confortini of 1609, a Madonna col Bambino of Lippo of Benivieni and an architectural ebony reliquary donated by Angelo Nardini in 1647.