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Description

The town was awarded the Bandiera Arancione (orange flag) by the Touring Club Italiano. It is one of the most beautiful towns in Italy.
Peccioli boasts a museum complex, managed by the Fondazione Peccioliper, which includes the Museo Archeologico, Museo di Palazzo Pretorio, Museo di Arte Sacra and Torre Campanaria. The skyline can be recognized by the bell tower of the Pieve di San Verano church, built by architect Luigi Bellincioni, who also created other bell towers in Valdera. The interior is also worth a visit. It houses valuable works from the school of Pisa, dating back to the thirteenth century and currently held in the Museo d’Arte Sacra. Palazzo Pretorio, which houses the coats of arms of the families that ruled the village in earlier centuries, is home to the F. Bigazzi and Belvedere S.p.A. collections of Russian icons as well as the Collezione Incisioni e Litografie – Donazione Vito Merlini. The Museo Archeologico holds the finds from the local excavations of the Etruscan site Ortaglia and of the late-antique/medieval site Santa Mustiola di Ghizzano. The area is scattered with ancient rural villages that offer splendid views of the surrounding hills. Peccioli hosts major performing arts festivals such as the Festival Undici Lune (summer and winter editions) with Italian and international guests.

Information
Palazzo Pretorio
Piazza del Popolo
56037 Peccioli
t. +39 0587 936423
www.comune.peccioli.gov.it

Geographical area
Valdera

Population
over 4.000

Distance from Pisa
42 km

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Culture

Chapel of Santa Caterina in Legoli
It became a chapel only in 1822, when Alessio Del Fanteria decided to honour Santa Caterina by changing the appearance of the tabernacle built in 1479 and frescoed by Benozzo Gozzoli, who at that time had taken refuge from the plague in this very area.

Museo Archeologico
It opened in 2004 and houses the Etruscan finds from Ortaglia, which may have been part of a temple dedicated to a female goddess, judging by the dimensions and decorative motifs. The finds, from late antiquity and the middle ages, came from the excavation of Santa Mustiola di Ghizzano. They include a wealth of grave goods from a female burial.

Museo di Arte Sacra
The museum opened in 2009 and contains important works of Tuscan medieval art, including a Madonna and Child by Enrico di Tedice, a particularly evocative thirteenth-century work especially important because it was still strongly influenced by the stylistic elements of Byzantine painting, a beautiful fourteenth-century wooden Crucifix from the school of Siena and a Sacra Conversazione (1463) by Neri di Bicci, one of the last epigones of the Tuscan Gothic before Masaccio’s revolution.

Museo di Palazzo Pretorio
This ancient palace has been home to the F. Bigazzi museum of Russian Icons which opened in 2000. Two collections of icons came to be housed here for conservation and exhibition, a total of about 200 works on display. The Bigazzi and Belvedere collections are periodically expanded through targeted and careful purchases of select works. The museum also boasts the Collezione Incisioni e Litografie – Donazione Vito Merlini, a collection of works ranging from informal to figurative – and even to metaphysics. These 279 engravings, lithographs, woodcuts and serigraph prints were collected by Vito Merlini, the local doctor in Peccioli, who donated it to the municipality in 2006.

Pieve di San Verano
Built in the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries, this church has a façade featuring five blind arches decorated with elegant lozenges inspired by Pisan style. The sides are ornamented with hanging arches. The interior is divided into three naves and has been modified several times. The addition of the Chapel of the Assumption, now home to the Museo d’Arte Sacra, dates to 1580. An eighteenth-century Crucifix, a Madonna with Child and Saints by Neri di Bicci (1464) and two thirteenth-century paintings from the Pisan school: Stories of Nicholas of Bari and Madonna with Child.

Torre Campanaria (bell tower)
Peccioli’s bell tower was built in 1885 by engineer and architect Luigi Bellincioni (1842–1929), a native of Pontedera, who designed seven other bell towers throughout the territory of Valdera and Val di Cecina. This tower was created by renovating and lifting the earlier Pisan Romanesque tower. Completed in 1898, it is 42 metres high and covered with dark, bush-hammered stone from the quarries of Montecatini Val di Cecina.

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Food and wine

Oil
The territory of Peccioli has always been appreciated for its production of extra virgin olive oil. Still today, it boasts important producers and an oil mill (Frantoio Lupi, member of Terre di Pisa).

Colombana grapes
Peccioli is also famous for these grapes. They are very sugary, with an intense aroma, and turn amber when mature. They are harvested by hand in September, mostly for personal use.

Wine
The municipality is a stop on the Pisa Hills Wine Trail.

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Activities for visitors

Ghizzano Sound garden
The garden is open to the public every Sunday from late May to the beginning of September, from 5:00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Admission is free.

Ortaglia
An easy trail, four kilometres winding through green vegetation and the homes of roe deer.

PeccioloAvventura
A man-made adventure park in the historic centre of Peccioli, inside the garden of the Caffè Haus, before a view of the Valdera hills.

Percorso della Bianca
The route is 30 km long and crosses Peccioli’s prehistoric park and the Anelli di Cedri route.

Peccioli trails
Seven types of trails that unfold among lush flora and wild fauna.

Frederick II Trail
The itinerary reaches the towns of San Miniato, Palaia, Peccioli, Lari and Pisa.