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Description

One of the towns of the Pisan Hills is Fauglia, found on the ridge of a hill. The period of its greatest wealth was from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, which is when the most important homes and aristocratic mansions and the church were built. As early as the Middle Ages, the hill where Fauglia stands was inhabited by peasants. Over it towered a castle, which was destroyed by the Florentines in 1433.
In addition to the hill, on the road where the town lies, Fauglia’s “outskirts” on the plains include the districts of Valtriano and Acciaiolo.
The main sources of income are the cultivation of the vines that produce DOC wines, and the furnishing shops.

Information
www.comune.fauglia.pi.it

 

Geographical area
Valdera – Colline pisane

Population
over 3.000

Distance from Pisa
24 km

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Culture

Church of San Lorenzo
This church has been expanded over the years. The building’s façade is in neoclassical style with three blind arches.

Museo Alvaro Marioni
The museum displays the anthologies of the artwork of this post-macchiaiolo painter.

Museo Giorgio Kienerk
Where the prisons once stood, today there is a museum that holds the collection of Giorgio Kienerk’s paintings immortalizing the surrounding countryside.

Villa Fattoria Filicchi. Villa Trovarsi
Fauglia has been a destination for writers, artists and actors, who built villas that can still be admired here today. One actress surely worth remembering is Marta Abba, who founded a Pirandellian research facility in Fauglia. The famous playwright had also written a play dedicated to her. Even its current name, Villa Trovarsi, comes from the play by Pirandello, assigned to the home by Pirandello’s muse when she bought it in 1963. The property had previously been owned by the Filicchi family, who had purchased it from the Conti family. It changed ownership but eventually wound up in the hands of the current owner, Ugo Wilson, from Scotland.

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Food and wine

Cheese
Fresh and aged cheese, from top quality national milk, is produced in this area. Decades of experience and the balance between innovation and tradition make cheese one of the products of local excellence appreciated all over Italy and abroad.

Wine
This territory has always been suitable for the cultivation of vineyards, of both red and white wines. Top brands produce organic and biodynamic wine in historic cellars of architectural value set amidst rows of vines.

Extra virgin olive oil
The Gremigno of Fauglia is a very old and indigenous type of olive tree that is predominant in the area. The University of Pisa has selected two specimens of this olive tree, in order to reproduce it. Each year, about 200 young trees are given to landowners who request them. Presently, there are several local enterprises that produce pure, organic Fauglia Gremigno Olive Oil, and the recent constitution of a consortium will allow to contribute to the production of  high quality olive oil.

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Camper area