Barberino Val d'Elsa

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Barberino Val d'Elsa
The Pieve of Barberino
The Pieve of Barberino
Barberino Val d'Elsa is located in Italy
Barberino Val d'Elsa
Barberino Val d'Elsa
Location of Barberino Val d'Elsa in Italy
Coordinates: 43°32′N 11°10′E / 43.533°N 11.167°E / 43.533; 11.167
Country Italy
RegionTuscany
Metropolitan cityFlorence (FI)
ComuneBarberino Tavarnelle
Area
 • Total65.98 km2 (25.48 sq mi)
Elevation
373 m (1,224 ft)
Population
 (30 April 2017)
 • Total4,403
 • Density67/km2 (170/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Barberinesi
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
50021
Dialing code055
Patron saintSt. Bartholomew
Saint dayAugust 24

Barberino Val d'Elsa is a frazione of Barberino Tavarnelle which was until December 2018 a sovereign comune (municipality).

Barberino Val d'Elsa is located above the valley from which it takes its name. The centre of town is still ringed by its original fortifications.

Main sights[edit]

The Piazza Barberi includes the Church of San Bartolomeo which houses a fragment of an annunciation by the school of Giotto (14th-15th century) and a bust in bronze by Pietro Tacca.[1]

The Via Francesco da Barberino leads to the 14th century Porta Senese (Sienese Gate), and the Ospedale dei Pellegrini (Pilgrims' Hospice) dating from 1365.

The Church of Sant'Appiano was built during the 11th century (part in stone) and 12th century (part in brick) and now includes the Antiquarium Museum housing various Etruscan artefacts from the many necropoli in the area, the village of Linari, the Castle of Poppiano at Vico d'Elsa and Petrognano.

The Chapel of San Michele Arcangelo was built in 1597 by Santi di Tito as a perfect 1:8 scale reproduction of the Cupola of the Cathedral of Florence. It was constructed on the site of the ancient city of Semifonte, razed to the ground by the Florentines in 1202. The site remains a focus for archaeological study.

The noble Barberini family dynasty began at Barberino Val d'Elsa in the 11th century.

Twin towns[edit]

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