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Description

The name Terricciola originates from the fact that this Etruscan town was once defended by towers (turris in Latin). During the Middle Ages, Pisa and Florence disputed the town, as they did with many other towns in the Pisa countryside: it is no coincidence that the emblem of Terricciola features the Pisa cross on one half, and the Florence lily on the other.
The first official mention of the Terricciola territory dates back to 1109, when “Pieve a Pava” (today Pieve a Pitti) was mentioned after a donation to Bishop Ruggeri of Volterra.
The present urban structure reflects Terricciola’s medieval origins, with its narrow alleyways and many antiche cantine galleries across the town. Traces of the site’s Etruscan origins are visible in the fourth century BCE Belvedere Hypogeum, subsequently readapted for agricultural and wine making use, and where now the collection of local tomb-markers, including the Poggiarelli Cippus, are preserved.
The main artistic and cultural attractions are the eleventh century Camaldolese Abbey of Morrona, and Villa Gherardi del Testa, significant above all for the works in the adjoining family chapel. In the surroundings are the small and charming rural towns of Morrona, Soiana and Casanova that have in recent years notably increased their wine making and tourist accommodation activities thanks to important Italian and foreign investors who believe in this territory’s potential.
The name Terricciola also recalls the Italian word terreno, land: the soil is in fact this areas’ great treasure, due to its sandy composition, rich in fossil deposits and ideal for growing grapes.
Terricciola is a member of the Associazione Nazionale Città del Vino, the National Wine Town Association.



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Information
www.comune.terricciola.pi.it

Geographical area
Valdera

Population
over 4.000

Distance from Pisa
42 km