Sacred Art Itinerary

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 Sacred Art

POPIGLIO - Church Square

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.

From 6th July to 1st September: Saturday and Sunday, from 3.30 to 6.30 p.m.

For visits during extraordinary opening hours, please call the number +39 0573 638025

Sacred Art and Popular Religiousness Educational 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.

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Castruccio Castracani bridge and the ancient customs houses

Continuing past the Education Complex, Via delle Corti leads us to the Castruccio Castracani Bridge, across a road of medieval origin. The bridge is the destination of a rotational route, which ran from the village of Popiglio to propitiate good harvests. In addition, it once marked the border between Lucca and Pistoia, as evidenced by the recently restored old customs houses used for agritourism (Agriturismo Le Dogane). Since this is a hiking trail, the path is always open. Appropriate clothing is recommended