San Polo in Chianti

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San Polo in Chianti occupies a pleasant location between Monte Masso (m.467) and Monte Muro (m.634). The village is famous in particular for its centuries-old iris farming which extends as far as Poggio alla Croce, Reggello and many other villages in Tuscany. An International Iris Festival is held at San Polo each May. The iris rhizomes are exported all over the world and used in the manufacture of perfumes and cosmetics. The parish church of San Miniato in Rubbiana contains an old Gothic inscription commemorating the consecration of the church in 1077.

San Polo is within easy reach of Florence by car or bus.

San Polo can easily be reached from Florence by turning off the Via Chiantigiana at Grassina. The road eventually meets up with the Arno Valley. The San Polo bus stop serves the Florence city bus line (ATAF, Number 49) and the pullman service (SITA) to Florence and Greve. In about an hour you can reach Siena, Lucca, Pisa, Arezzo or San Gimignano by car. The small centres of Greve, Panzano and Castellina in Chianti can be reached by car in less than half an hour.

Festa del Giaggiolo San Polo
Iris Festival San Polo

Vino, olio e sapori di San Polo
Wine, olive oil and flavours of San Polo
Dal 5 al 8 maggio 2016
5 to 8 May 2016

La Pieve di San Miniato a Rubbiana in San Polo

A road that leaves directly from the centre of the village of San Polo and which then winds towards the Val di Rubbiana reaches 352 m above sea level at the Parish Church (pieve) of San Miniato a Rubbiana. A memorial stone preserved inside the church near the apse, records the consecration carried out in February 1077 by Cardinal Pietro Igneo and the Bishop of Fiesole, Guglielmo, during the Papacy of Gregory the Seventh. This is the text:

Anno ab incarnatione Domini 
Nostri Jesus Christi MLXXVII VI idibus Februari indictione XV 
tempore Gregorii Septimi Papae dedicata est haec ecclesia ad honorem 
omnipotentis Dei et Sanctae Mariae cum XII Apostolis et Sancti Miniati 
et Sancti Blasii Martiris et Sancti Michaelis Arcangeli et Sancti Nicholai 
Confessoris et Sancti Johannis Baptiste et Sancti Johannis Evangeliste
et Sancti Benedicti Abbatis ab Episcopo Petro Cardinali Romanae 
Ecclesiae et ab Episcopo Faesulanensis nomine Guulgelmone. 
Christus in hac aula sit custos iure sacrata.

The church is divided into a nave and two aisles separated by three unequal spans supported by square pilasters but at the presbytery the three parts become a single hall. The building shows the modifications made in the early 19 C, which include the false dome and various internal furnishings. The remodeling in the neo-Romanesque style of the early 20 C is also apparent in the bell tower and most of the façade. Externally, the original Romanesque walls of sandstone courses are visible on the right side of the church and in the semicircular apse. Romanesque windows, now sealed up, are exposed in the upper walls of the nave.

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Bed and Breakfast accommodation in San Polo
Comfortable rooms with roof terrace.

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