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Barberino Val d’Elsa tourism flourishes thanks to the multitude of ancient villages in its vicinity. Indeed, many of the tourists staying in the Barberino Val d'Elsa hotels are there specifically to check out these slices of history. One of these villages is Tignano, where a number of archeological remains have been found. Around the year 1000, indeed, there was a village here, while in the 12th century an impressive castle was constructed as a defensive line between the cities of Florence and Siena. During the 13th century, the castle and its village became part of the Republic of Florence. Tignano Castle today is found on a hill, at an altitude of about 334 meters and has the typical circular structure of a fortified village.

You can clearly see one of the entry gates, an arch with a brick decoration and a coat of arms. In the vicinity there is also a water cistern dating to the 14th century, as well as a building dating to the same period. Most of the defensive walls surrounding the town are still visible, and are connected to the back of the houses that face the main square of the small village. The village’s cathedral is also located in the main square. The entire complex was built with materials taken from the immediate area surrounding it. Indeed, the streets are made with cobblestones that originated in the nearby Virgini stream.

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