San Donato in Poggio - Tavarnelle Val di Pesa - Chianti




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San Donato in Poggio

A characteristic medieval town with a small but lovely historic centre.
Particularly precious and important is the Romanic Parish, situated at the town entrance.

Pieve Romanica di San Donato in Poggio

The Church of San Donato in Poggio is in proximity of the Castle from which it takes its name. The first testimony on San Donato dates back to year 989, with an act of donation to the nearby Abbey of Passignano.
The church of San Donato in Poggio has been readjusted over the centuries, but the restoration works occurred in the first half of the 19th century have brought back to life the ancient Romanic lines. Of all the examples of Tuscan Romanic style, San Donato in Poggio stands out with its mix of Padan style matching the simplicity of Tuscan religiosity. The inside of the church is divided into three naves, all terminating with semi-apses, supported by square plain columns. The central nave is lifted up from the ground, and has a beamed roof, while lighting inside is ensured through the small windows placed on the lateral naves, the apses and the fa├žade. The square bell-tower is also remarkable, with the upper part being the result of a restoration work made at the beginning of the 20th century.

In the surroundings of San Donato in Poggio:
Tavarnelle Val di Pesa
Badia a Passignano