THINGS TO DISCOVER:
Gremigno oil •Here grows the native plant of “Gremigno di Fauglia”, a variety of olive tree that produces a type of oil with particular organoleptic characteristics, milled by some local companies.
THINGS TO KNOW:
The Villas • Villa Trovarsi belonged to Marta Abba, a famous actress of the early 20th century, who named it in memory of a play by Pirandello dedicated to her. Indeed, the actress wanted to found an acting school here, which was later transformed into a study center on Pirandello and his works.
Fauglia, located on the Pisan Hills 30 km from Pisa, is a village of medieval origins that has preserved the characteristics of a rural town, witness of a type of peasant civilization that has almost completely disappeared. Following the destruction of the castle, which took place in 1433 at the hands of the Florentine army, the town was structured along the crest of the hill.
Fauglia is known for its villas where the nobility but also writers and artists – especially from the Macchiaioli art movement – have stayed over the centuries. A throwback to this are the museums dedicated to two artists: Alvaro Marioni, painter whose works are housed in the Museum, and Giorgio Kiernerk, also a painter. The museum dedicated to him is located where the prisons once stood, and it houses the pieces with which he immortalized the countryside.
Fauglia can boast the most evocative views among the municipalities of the Pisan Hills. Its territory is mainly hilly, but there is no lack of flat areas around the hamlets of Valtriano (a place with a great number of furniture factories) and Acciaiolo.
Wine and cheese
If in the past most of the inhabitants were devoted to agriculture, today the leading sectors are the production of DOC wines, including organic ones, (this is a stop along the Colline Pisane Wine Trail) and that of both fresh and cured cheese.