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It is an itinerary that goes backwards in time in the history of this mountain, guiding the visitor along the Medieval way Via Francesca della Sambuca, starting from Pavana up to Sambuca Castello, an ancient Medieval fortified village that has recently been restored. On many houses we can see ancient masks that were carved in the stone as magic rituals.

Opening hours:
June/August Guided visits by appointement (groups of min.10 people)

Stone learning centre
Sambuca Pistoiese.
Here are exhibited tools and objects related to the ancient craft of the stone cutter. This job was taught to the inhabitants of this area by the Comacine Masters (stonemasons). In this building there also the Ecomuseum bivouac is always available. There is also the opportunity to visit (on request) the nearby S. Cristoforo e S. Jacopo Church, where there’s a valuable painting of the Guido Reni school.

Biogenetic Reserve, Medieval settlement
In the biogenetic forest reserv we can see some archaeological remains, that are the result of a research work operated over about 1600 square metres. This research brought about  the discovery of ceramic fragments that can be dated back to a period that goes from the 10th and the 12th century. These fragments could lead to conceive this area as a Medieval monastic complex.
Opening hours:
From 5th July to 16th August - Saturdays, Sundays and 15/08 guided visits at 3.00 pm (meeting place at Ponte a Rigoli) and at 5.00 pm (meeting place at Medieval Settlement)

Pieve di Furfalo (Furfalo Parish church)
It is one of the earliest parish churches in the Pistoiese area. Its ruins are located in the wood, along a trail that connects Serra Pistoiese and Panicagliora.
Free entry through the wood. Guided visit by appointment

“Renzo Innocenti” Museum
Torri - Sambuca Pistoiese.
It consists of a collection divided into 9 sections, where ordinary tools, instruments and other objects (found by the owner, Renzo Innocenti) are kept.

Torre di Selvaggia Vergiolesi (Selvaggia Vergiolesi Tower)
Sambuca Castello.
It is named after the woman that inspired Cino da Pistoia, the Stil Novo Poet.

Educational ideas:
historical transportation network (Via Francesca della Sambuca)
local history
crafts of the past
stonework demonstration
La Torre di Selvaggia (fotografia di Emanuele Dami)

Via Francesca della Sambuca

Pieve di Furfalo