Peccioli | Libbiano

Libbiano is a small agricultural village located on a rise at the confluence of the Rio Melagio and Rio Polonia. Little historical information has come down to us.

In the village is the 18th-century Church of Saints Peter and Paul, with a polygonal plan. The interior features three small chapels with barrel vaults and marble altars. Entirely frescoed with sacred images and decorated with, stuccoes, it conserves two 17th-century oil paintings and, above all, a valuable organ made by Marcello Paoli in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Its real attraction is the Galileo Galilei Astronomical Observatory, with a 4.25 m diameter dome and a Ritchey-Chrétien telescope with a 500 mm aperture that guarantees a high level of performance. In 2009, a new main belt asteroid, named Peccioli, was discovered there. To complement the observatory’s activities, the former primary school has been converted into an Astronomical Centre and hosts conferences, screenings and the Planetarium.

Nearby is the small hamlet of Pratello, known for the Della Gherardesca villa farm built in the late 19th century. The hamlet of the same name, built to provide residence for the farm workers, has the Oratory of Sant’Anna, also from the late 19th century.

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