San Cassiano Abbey

The Abbey of San Cassiano at Montescalari or Badia Montescalari lies on the Chianti mountains to about 700 m altitude in the village Ponte agli Stolli Figline and Incisa Valdarno near the border with the town of Greve in Chianti.


It is located in the woods of Mount scalars, between the Arno Valley and the Valley of Greve, in a remote place and hardly accessible to ordinary cars.
The origins of this place are to be found in a hospice for pilgrims here made in connection with the presence in the area of the ancient via Cassia Hadrian. Around 1040 is documented a monastic community that received a donation from the Lords of the castle of Cintoia and shortly after that original settlement founded by Giovanni Gualberto embraced religious vallumbrosian reform of Visdomini, Lords of Petroio in Val di Pesa.
The Abbey there is a part of the fresco, the crucifixion, where you only see the feet of Christ and the bottom of the cross fresco attributed to Bernardo di Stefano Rosselli. Other paintings are: the Samaritan woman at the well and an Ecce Homo, of whom we have known the author, thanks to a discovery of documents in the State Archives of 1611: the author is the painter Nicodemo Ferrucci.




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