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Poggibonsi -The inner old town of Poggibonsi actually corresponds to the ancient urban layout of Borgo Marturi, a settlement belonging to the overhanging Abbey and Castle bearing the same name.

As early as the beginning of The 12th century, the village was an essential cross-roads on the ancient Francigena Road (Frankish Road) and an unavoidable thoroughfare at the borders of the States of Siena, Volterra amd Florence, where the Staggia amd Foci streams flow into the Elsa River. Because of its crucial position the town repeatedly experienced, over the centuries, destrution, uprising and disaster.

In 1115 the Florentine army took over the hilltop castle and destroyed it, and the people were compelled to relocate in the village at the foot of the hill. As a consequence, in 1155 Guido Guerra, count Guidi, in agreement with the Sienese, who were to be allotted one-eighth of the settlement, began building a new town on the Bonizio hillock (poggio). The town was ruled over by Ghibellines, as opposed to Guelph Florence.

The Florentines could not ignore this event: in 1270, when the town was in full flourishing, they destroyed it and forbade any re-settlement the area. In 1313, the Emperor Henry VII revived the hope of Poggibonsi citizens who the meantime had gone back to their old village, now re-christened as Poggiobonizio, while reconstructing the hilltop town which, in his honour, would be named Poggio Imperiale (Imperial Hillock)

The dispute with Florence, however, was to continue for a long time, fuelled as it was by the incessant and powerful pressure exerted by the Sienese in border-related matters, always accompanied by destruction, with walls and defensive works knocked down. This was also true in the new or, better, restored, Piano (hill-foot) settlement where the population, after being decimated by widespread dreadful outbreaks of plague, had began to settle and expand again. Between 1340 and 1360, the statute-based Communes saw the light, here as in other adjacent towns.

How to reach Poggibonsi: From Siena take direction Florence. After 23 Km you will find the exit for Poggibonsi

Where is Poggibonsi: is located in the north of Siena province, between the Chianti area and val D' Elsa, in the border with the province of Florence. See the map

Nearby: Visit the Chianti Area with the town of Castellina in Chianti, Radda in Chianti etc. San Gimignano is only 11 Km away

Distances: Siena 25 Km - Florence 41 Km - Pisa 80 Km - Arezzo 105 Km

Correct name is Poggibonsi
Common mistakes are Pogibonsi, Pogibonzi, Poggibonzi, Poggiobonsi


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