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Description

Buiti Castrum was the original name in the Roman period for the village we now called Buti. It is mentioned in a document from 1068, at which point the village already had churches and fortified walls. Due to its strategic importance, Buti was part of a fortified system composed of eight castles, frequently caught up in the power struggles between Lucca, Pisa and Florence. It was razed to the ground and rebuilt several times. The oldest references from the Early Middle Ages trace back to the town of Castel Tonini (10th century), still dominating the village along with the beautiful Villa Medicea.

In the 19th century there was significant agricultural investment in the area, with the construction of numerous mills for chestnut flour and for olive oil, which yielded a flourishing economy.
Buti is located on the eastern slopes of the Monte Pisano, a natural setting with olive groves (along the Route of the Olive Oil) , chestnut groves, trails and roads easy, for unlimited hiking opportunities.

Information
Associazione Bubamara
Piazza Divisione Acqui, 3
56032 Buti
t. + 39 0587 722519 
www.comune.buti.pi.it

 

Geographical area
Monte Pisano

Population
over 5.000

Distance from Pisa
24 km

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Culture

Castel Tonini
In the Early Middle Ages, the castle protected the ancient settlement of Buti. At the beginning of the 20th century, the castle was resolutely restored ‘in style’, creating a somewhat inauthentic charm overall. Castel Tonini still retains streets and buildings that recall a genuine medieval atmosphere.

Church of San Francesco
With its Romanesque forms dating to the late thirteenth century, the church was almost completely transformed during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The solid bell tower, with its three orders of mullioned windows, recalls Pisa and Lucca Romanesque style.

Villa Medicea
The typical 18th-century building included the villa, the church, the stables, the garden and a vegetable garden, merging the functions of residence (dwelling) and center of agricultural production. The entire complex was renovated in the 18th century and designed with four floors: cellars, ground floor, first floor and attics.

Teatro Francesco Di Bartolo
This antique theatre has a “horseshoe” design. At one time, every aristocratic family had a box; common folk were forbidden to attend.
The theatre still brings forward the local tradition of the Maggio (a farmer tradition of playing with popular songs)

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Food and wine

Olive oil
Oil production has always been central to Buti economy, whose territory is crossed by the “Route of the Monti Pisani Olive Oil“.
The characteristics of the soil and the microclimate not far from the sea has made Buti a renowed place for oil production since the Middle Ages. Buti extra virgin olive oil has been awarded at international exhibitions. This oil has a delicate taste and is considered a “soft oil”, receving the appreciation of famous Italians of the past such as the composer Rossini or the poets D’Annunzio and Carducci.

 

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Crafts

Buti baskets
Buti is also devoted to the tradition of “wicker baskets”carried out by local craftsmen who hand down processing for generations. The techniques of interweaving mingle to the treatment of small branches of chestnut. The latter, collected and cared for until they reach the ideal softness to be handled, they will end up being unique handicrafts and authentic works of art.
They were once used to transport pasta, vegetables and food. This tradition is being lost and few craftsmen try to keep it still alive.

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Activities for visitors

Hiking trails (in Italian)
The municipality has organized numerous itineraries of different lengths, from 6 to 16 km, to try on foot, by bicycle or on horseback.
There is also a network of trails for mountain biking.

Cliffs and rock climbing wall
The Sant’Antone via ferrata winds along an outcropping of rocks on the Monte Serra.

Buti Trail – La Verruca
This 24-km cycling trail takes two and a half hours. The itinerary unfolds along unpaved forest trails. It is suitable for all, requiring no technical experience.