The Sacred Art
The Sacred Art route is centred around the Pieve di Popiglio, enriched during the 16th and 17th centuries by valuable Baroque and Roman artworks, donated as ex voto by a family from Popiglio who had moved to Rome, the Vannini. There is also an organ, made in the 17th century by the pontifical organ-maker Giuseppe Testa.
Diocesan Museum of Religious Art
POPIGLIO – Piazza della Chiesa
This Museum, a branch of the Diocesan one in Pistoia, is divided into two sections:
The Cappella della Compagnia del SS. Sacramento and the Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta
The Chapel contains valuable religious vestments, from the whole Montagna Pistoiese area, silverware, and liturgical furnishing.
In the Romanesque Pieve, there are important paintings, including work by Sebastiano Vini from Verona and Giacinto Gimignani from Pistoia, the latter being the favourite painter of Pope Clemens IX, stylish sculptures and valuable goldsmith items, including Baroque artifacts from Rome.
OPENING HOURS 2023
From 3rd June to 27th August: Saturday, Sunday and 15/08, 3.30 p.m.-6.30 p.m.
For visits during extraordinary opening hours, please call the number +39 0573 638025
From the square in front of the church, you can walk to the
Sacred Art and Popular Worship Teaching hub
POPIGLIO – Via delle Corti
The teaching hub, with small looms, is the ideal place to try some practical activities: assisted by a skilled master weaver, you can experiment with the ancient art of weaving and produce colourful creations.
Ponte di Castruccio Castracani and the old customs house
loc. Lambure – Piteglio
After the teaching hub, also in Via delle Corti, you reach the Ponte di Castruccio Castracani, a bridge across a road of medieval origin.
The bridge used to be part of a procession pathway, starting from the village of Popiglio, to pray for good crops.
It also used to mark the border between the provinces of Lucca and Pistoia, as testified by the old, recently restored, customs houses, currently fitted out as holiday farmhouse (Agriturismo Le Dogane).
Being a trekking path, this route is always open.
Suitable clothing is recommended.