the sacred art


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the sacred art

The most important site of the Sacred Art trail is the Pieve (parish church) of Popiglio. This church was enriched during the 16th and the 17th centuries with valuable pieces of art given as an ex voto by the Vannini, a family from Popiglio but residing in Rome. Thanks to this family the Santa Maria Assunta Church now shows, in the Sacred Art Diocesan Museum, rare samples of Roman Baroque art. The Church also owns a pipe organ made by the pipe organs maker Giuseppe Testa in the 17th century. 

Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta - S. Maria Assunta Parish church
piazza della Chiesa – Popiglio.

Chapel of the SS. Sacrament’s Fellowship
Next to the parish Church. 

In the oratory of the SS. Sacrament’s Fellowship are kept some valuable textiles and liturgical cloths.

The Sacred Art Diocesan Museum opening hours:
May - Sundays 4.00-7.00 pm
June and September - Saturdays and Sundays 4.00-7.00 pm
July and August - from Tuesday to Sunday (included 15/08) 4.00-7.00 pm

Sacred Art and Popular Religiousness learning centre
via delle Corti - Popiglio.
Accessible by the Church square through a short paved path. In this centre it is possible to carry out practical activities such as weaving

Castruccio Castracani’s Bridge and the ancient customs
locality Lambure-Piteglio.
It once marked the borderline between Lucca and Pistoia. There stands, as a proof of this period, the ancient customs toll building, recently restored , it has now become an Agri-tourism place. 
The bridge is the main destination of a processional itinerary that started from the village of Popiglio to encourage the positive ending of the harvest.
It is an open air trail. A cautious behavior and a suitable clothing are required.

Educational ideas: 

history of art and applied art

historical transportation network

religious iconography

Medieval framework 

textile history
weaving attempt


Sebastiano Vini, "Annunciazione"


Il ponte di Castruccio

Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta (foto di Theodoros Selianitis)