Highlights of this trip

  • To discover the curious elliptical city plant
  • To immerse yourself in the typical atmosphere of a medieval village
  • To admire the masterpieces hidden in the Collegiate Church and in the church of San Francesco
  • To buy typical products such as olive oil and honey
  • To savor traditional local dishes
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Best things to do in Lucignano

We visit Lucignano, the elliptical village divided between the rich and poor areasLucignano, Porta San Giovanni Lucignano, Porta San Giovanni

In the land of Tuscany, one of the most beautiful medieval towns is undoubtedly Lucignano. We are straddling the provinces of Arezzo and Siena, in a symbolic place of medieval town planning. The village stands on top of a hill and has an elliptical shape. It turns in circles to reach the upper part of the town, where the imposing Collegiate Church of San Francesco and the Palazzo Comunale stand out.

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Visiting Lucignano is like rediscovering the Middle Ages. This is the air you breathe while walking through the streets of this village which has the characteristic of being built on top of the hill and having the streets that run in circles in an elliptical manner. Curiously, the village can be divided into two areas, one apparently richer and the other poorer. History, art and tradition mix in Lucignano. Another reason to visit this village is that of olive oil. This is an area of olive groves, characteristic is also the local honey, while skilled artisans here know how to enhance materials such as wood and ceramics. Its culinary tradition is, instead, made up of poor but tasty dishes. With a good reflex camera and with the drone (but be careful to get shooting permits) you can get excellent images of the village.
This locality has been able to develop a curious city system that seems to divide the town in two. On the one hand, the street is defined as "rich" , coinciding with the current Via Matteotti (facing south, therefore bright and wide) where the aristocratic, bourgeois, wealth and opulence palaces rise. On the other hand, the “poor” street is represented on the north side, the one in the shade (via Roma, also called Corsica) where smaller houses arise, those of the unskilled workers, whose characteristic is poverty in the materials used.

Lucignano, village of the two powers

Lucignano is the typical medieval town , where the houses are imposing, where the (civil) power represented by the fortress and the ecclesiastical power (the collegiate ) look at each other, study and try, as on a chessboard, to prevent the opponent's move to win the game and dominate each other.

Around the village: the Rocca

Lucignano, view of the Rocca tower Lucignano, view of the Rocca tower

We walk through the city streets of Lucignano starting from the parking lot located in the Porta Murata area. We pass under the door, go up the steps and we find ourselves on the outer ring that we walk up to the base of the Rocca . The complex straddles the city walls. The external side turns its gaze to the Sienese valley, while the internal one is part of an architectural backdrop of the Piazza delle Logge . In the base, there is the entrance to the Rosini theater. The building has kept its structural characteristics intact over time.

The Collegiate Church of San Michele Arcangelo

A staircase in front of the fortress leads to the Collegiate Church of San Michele Arcangelo. The building was built on a project by Orazio Porta between 1592 and 1621, on a pre-existing church and a building, with an adjoining tower which was destroyed by lightning . The remains of the ancient church are visible on the back of the Collegiate.

Lucignano, The Collegiate Church Lucignano, The Collegiate Church

The interior of the church has a Latin cross shape and preserves valuable paintings . The scenographic main altar rests on a pietra serena base, on which four slender columns support a curvilinear entablature. On the sides are the statues of St. Peter and St. Paul, in the center St. Michael the Archangel chasing away the devil.

The church of San Francesco

The church of S. Francesco is a typical example of Franciscan Gothic architecture with an Egyptian cross basilica plan with a single nave. The church building was built in the second half of 1240, has a high and bright facade, whose aesthetics are enriched by stone blocks altered in sandstone and travertine. The portal is surmounted by a large rose window. To the right of the facade is the oratory of Corpus Domini, while to the left is the entrance to the cloister of the convent of S. Francesco.

Lucignano, Church of San Francesco Lucignano, Church of San Francesco

The interior of the church preserves altars in stone and painted wood, an organ from the first half of the 1500s and some of the original frescoes attributed to Bartolo di Fredi and Taddeo di Bartolo , and depicting fragments of the stories of St. Francis. On the main altar, you can admire the polyptych by Luca Tomè “Madonna with Child”.

Public building

Next to the church of San Francesco stands the Palazzo Pubblico or Palazzo Pretorio. We are in the exact center of Lucignano . It has a main facade on the Piazza del Tribunale and is connected to the main streets by a transverse axis. It is currently the seat of the Town Hall and the Municipal Museum. In ancient times the basement of the building was used as a prison . As a demonstration, you can see writings and graffiti on the walls. The front on the square has a round stone portal (it is also the main entrance) on which you can see numerous coats of arms and tombstones with the symbols of the various podestà and vicars who have succeeded one another over time. The mighty bell gable, once a means of communication of the civil authority, coincides with the center of gravity of the town .

Lucignano, city streets Lucignano, city streets

The Fortresses

On the hill on the western side of the castle, not far from the town walls, stands the Medici Fortress, or rather, the Fortresses, as they are called today. The construction dates back to the Sienese era and continued by the Florentines after the victory in the battle of Scannagallo in the mid-1500s. The building consists of two different bastions facing Siena and joined by a curtain in the center of which the Royal door opens.  The construction, however, was never definitively completed. The property was sold in 1778 and a long period of decay began for the fortresses. Later a house, an oven and a windmill were built here.

The kitchen of Lucignano

With a peasant vocation, Lucignano offers excellent food and wine products such as excellent quality wines, extra virgin olive oil, limited and precious production of honey . The cuisine is also linked to peasant traditions and is made up of poor elements, not very elaborate, but with excellent flavors such as bruschetta on holidays, with livers and spleen. Among the first courses, panzanella excels, a dish based on stale bread, onion, basil, vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, enriched, sometimes with other vegetables. Or a bread soup with vegetables, black cabbage and beans, excellent if ribollita. Finally, the handmade spaghetti is served with duck sauce.

Among the meat dishes here is rabbit cooked in different ways, as well as pork , the ancient protein source for peasant families, and from which excellent salami was obtained such as Tuscan salami, capocollo, rigatino (pancetta), and salted ham. Finally, the Chianina veal , known for its famous steak. During the Easter period here are the donuts, the typical sweets made with sponge cake covered with cream and rolled up, served cut into slices.

Lucignano, city street Lucignano, city street

How do I get to Lucignano

Lucignano can be reached from the A1 Milan-Naples motorway, Monte San Savino exit, then towards Foiano, after crossing Marciano della Chiana, follow the signs for Lucignano. Those arriving from the south, exit Valdichiana / Bettolle / Sinalunga, direction Siena, then SS 327 and RA6. exit towards Siena / Florence / Grosseto, then continue on the Siena-Bettolle junction, Sinalunga exit, finally SP 11 towards Lucignano. The closest railway stations are those of Arezzo, Chiusi ChiancianoTerme (private railway LFI), Lucignano can then be reached by bus.

Where to stay in Lucignano?

To visit Lucignano I recommend staying overnight in the farmhouses in the area, so as well as visiting a beautiful location you can live immersed in the Tuscan countryside

Recommended tours in Lucignano

I have not acquired any tours, I am a "do it yourself" tourist

Photography tips

Where to photograph?

Every glimpse of Lucignano is ideal for taking beautiful photographs

My Camera

Nikon D5000

Is any special equipment needed?

I used a 55-110 zoom, but it would be better to have a wide-angle and a medium telephoto

Sightseeing tips

Which sights to visit?

I visited the places I described in the article

Is there a fee to pay to visit some sights?

The places I have visited are all free entry

When to visit?

I recommend visiting Lucignano during the week, at the weekend it is easier to find many more tourists

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