The Tower of Galatrona dominates the landscape of his bulk of Valdarno and the ridge of the Chianti Mountains. This is what remains of one of the most important castles of Valdambra, placed in a strategic position to the valley below. Near Mercatale transiting in fact a branch of the Via Cassia, which connected Rome to Florence. The top of the hill was certainly home to the oldest settlements; Galatrona the same name, formerly Canastruna, would be of Etruscan origin, while some remains of walls around the building and ceramic findings indicate the presence of a budget late Roman.
Throughout the Middle Ages, and until the end of the thirteenth century, the story of Galatrona are related, as happens throughout the Valdambra, and contentions between Florence and Arezzo first, and then between Florence and Siena. It is only in 1335 that the Florentines occupied the castle Galatrona. Act of submission to Florence follows that there were, then, two towers: in addition to the currently visible – the “new” – an “old”, now disappeared.
From land records of the early fifteenth century is the castle of Galatrona housed inside a fortified village, consisting of about twenty small houses, occupied almost exclusively by farmers and smallholders.
In the sixteenth century Galatrona, together with the whole Valdambra, was involved in the struggle supported by the Medici, allies of Charles V, against Siena and the king of France; the victory of the imperial decreed the end of the Sienese Republic, which saw pass their territories under the dominion of Florence. Since then Galatrona depended territorially from Bucine.
DISCOVER THE TOWER
The tower, along with traces of the access door, is all that remains of the castle; called “the tower”, it is located at the end of a long rocky spur sloping from Monteluco Chianti, within an archaeological site with remains of walls Byzantine and medieval houses.
The building, which was the subject of restoration and environmental rehabilitation, is open to the public since 2007 and houses inside a thematic multimedia on the history of Galatrona and its castle.
NOT TO BE MISSED
The hike and the beautiful landscape that can be seen from the top of the Tower. The starting point for the visit is Mercatale Valdarno reached through an interesting short path, partly pedestrian, who touches the Church of Galatrona, Romanesque church with a valuable baptismal font by Giovanni della Robbia, the villa-farm Petrolo, famous company wine, and the natural area with woods and vineyards of the hills of Galatrona. The tower is included in the Charter of the Paths between the Arno and Chiana, drawn up by the Province of Arezzo and the CAI
from April through October
every Saturday afternoon from 15.00 to 19.00
every Sunday from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00
every Thursday from 16.00 to 18.00
all holidays during the week from 15.00 to 19.00
Info: “Friends of the Tower” tel. +39 055/9707336 – cell.+39 333/3768631
Manager: Mr. Joseph Amilcarelli email@example.com