Fortezza Medicea di Poggio Imperiale

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Fortezza Medicea di Poggio Imperiale

Fortezza Medicea di Poggio Imperiale
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Brinklow, UK3 contributions
Unfortunately Disappointed
Sep 2018 • Solo
The fortress walls are undoubtedly imposing and impressive but there is not much more to see, you have to use quite a lot of imagination to picture what the site would have looked like. In terms of the 'village' there are only 3 houses and I got there at 3 o'clock on a Sunday and there was no one around and it was all locked up or taped off. It is free to go in so that's good as I would not have wanted to pay very much for what's there. However i was staying in Poggibonsi so it was a nice walk from the town and you can do a route to take in other nearby sites.
Written 16 September 2018
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The Wandering Reviewer
Melbourne, Australia9,589 contributions
Just superb
May 2018 • Couples
Poggibonsi centro rectangular Fortezza di Poggio Imperial was a serendipitous find. The eye catching rusted sculpture of a man high on the rampart caught our eye and that was it, we loved it. There isn’t a lot to see but there is certainly a lot of space and I imagine school kids could come here and play around. There are historic sections to this place where there are role plays and re-enactments. There is a small shop for coffee, cake and icecream. Parking is good right at the bottom. Note the very rotted door at the entrance to the rectangular piazza (which is covered in grass). Not very wheelchair friendly but okay if you have a frame or a cane. Definitely kid friendly.
Written 8 May 2018
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Peter B
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine234 contributions
Place with a nice view, good for a walk
Oct 2016 • Business
There is a wide park where locals walk their dogs. The Archeological Park is not looked after but could tell a lot about the past.
Written 20 October 2016
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Charles B
London, UK14 contributions
A fantastic ancient site and museum with a superb guide
Sep 2016 • Couples
We visited this site on Saturday 10 September, to find it almost deserted at the end of the season. It is a very imposing and impressive place with huge brick walls enclosing a large area which historically has housed and protected the different communities who have lived and worked there over the centuries. The site has commanding and breathtaking 360 degree views of the superb countryside around it. We located the recently opened cafe whose owners welcomed us and provided much needed refreshments. A gentleman then introduced himself to us as the guide to the site and museum. He was most helpful and interesting and was clearly very knowledgeable about the site and its archaeological excavations and discoveries. He then opened the museum for us and took us on a tour of all the artefacts that had been discovered during the excavations and showed us various photographs, diagrams and models of buildings that would have been found on the site at various different periods. Nothing was too much trouble for this gentleman who really was most generous of his time and knowledge and we are most grateful to him for enhancing enormously the value and enjoyment of our visit. This site is a real gem and is well worth a visit even for the views if not also for the detailed archaeological finds that are on display there.
Written 13 September 2016
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David B L
Los Angeles, CA8,326 contributions
Work on Progress ....
Jun 2015 • Couples
My understanding is that Poggibonzi was destroyed by heavy bombing of the industrial basis of the area (Siena was spared, being declared a Hospital town), thus few historical structures remain undamaged - but the Fortrezza Medicea di Poggio Imperiale is an exception. It is in disrepair and is undergoing restoration which points to a bright future tourist attraction, as it is certainly an historically significant area. ...
Written 28 October 2015
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Florence, Italy10,180 contributions
The ephemeral history of "Poggio Bonizzi", the imposing Renaissance fortress, the IX century's long house
May 2015 • Family
Poggibonsi is reputed to be a city without attractions, compared with the nearby San Gimignano, Colle di Val d'Elsa, even Certaldo (not to mention Siena).
But thanks to the efforts of the City council and of archaeologists from the University of Siena it today finally has a reason for interest that deserves to be visited even by rushed tourists: ie this Fortress.
It's a place full of history, and in respect of which the Medici Fortress is only the last act.
In fact the small plateau (in Italian "poggio") that today is bordered all around by the walls of the Medici fortress was where arose (in 1155 AD) the ancient Poggibonsi, whose name is derived "Poggio Bonizzi" ("Bonizzi" is the name of the Lords which at the time dominated the nearby area).
The significance of the medieval town (perched on the plateau, then in a completely different place from that of current Poggibonsi town) can be grasped at a glance by the visitor, looking at the perspective reconstructions provided by the panels (in Italian and in English) currently present in various fortress' corners. It appears clear, among other, the importance of the main church (of which now few traces remain) and of the central square, equipped with a deep cistern (which today is clearly visible, as was highlighted in the plateau's center).
One is entitled to wonder why of a so well built city are now very few traces remaining. The explanation is simple: being involved in disputes between the neighboring cities of Siena and Florence, after many twists and turns Poggio Bonizzi in 1270 was destroyed to the ground by the Florentines.
The current presence, along the perimeter of the ancient Poggio Bonizzi, of the powerful walls of the "Medici Fortress," is explained instead because in 1488 Florence (who was then just under the rule of Lorenzo De Medici), again to fight Siena, entrusted the construction of the currently visible fortress to the architect Giuliano da Sangallo; which applied the most advanced solutions of military engineering of his time, adapting the fortress to the presence of firearms.
But after the conquest of Siena from Florence (1555), the Fortress became superfluous; then, abandoned, it has fallen into a state of deep decline, and its walls are almost confused with the woods that have grown over. This up to the current restoration, completed just in 2015.
The visitor will draw great suggestion if he will walk the route that encircles from below the imposing walls (1 Km long, although present only on the west side), and if (before or after) he will rise within the walls, finding on the plateau the scarce traces of the medieval Poggio Bonizzi.
On the plateau there is also what in my opinion is the strongest reason for interest in the visit. An archaeological mission of the University of Siena for years has been investigating the traces of human settlement on the plateau at an earlier age than that of Poggio Bonizzi (Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages). Based on the research, it has been faithfully reconstructed a dwelling that in the Carolingian period (ninth century) housed the village chief and his family. The visit to this "long house" of straw and mud brick and to its "furniture" is extremely impressive. Unfortunately only on Sundays from 13 to 19 (at least in May, when I carried out the survey) the long house is open and there is on-site staff for explanations; which still must be comprehensive and compelling. If you're ever around here, it's an experience not to be missed.
Written 24 May 2015
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Rockneby, Kalmar Lan, Sweden7 contributions
Don´t forget the excavation site
Oct 2014 • Friends
The history of the Fortezza is thrilling, but you have to get an english translation which is not very easy!! It´s all written in Italiano!
Written 20 April 2015
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Lorenzo R
Windsor, Canada269 contributions
What a Find
Oct 2014 • Couples
By accident we ended up at this restoration project, but we are so glad that we did. We have stayed in the Poggibonsi area many times and this was the first time we visited this site (purely by accident). We had our own private tour guide "Alessandro" who was very happy to take us around the site and explain what the project was all about. It is a very extensive project that has been given a great deal of attention. Not only could Alessandro give us information about the project he also had an abundance of information about the city of Poggibonsi. This is a must see if you are in the area.
Written 13 November 2014
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