Castello Il Palagio, Mercatale
The first mention of the 'Palagio' castle dates back to 1252, though its origin is surely much
earlier. This important stronghold has withstood several major attacks during the centuries. In 1260, the
Ghibellines plundered the area and destroyed Campoli, but Il Palagio was unconquered and its thick and semibastioned walls
unbreached, as also in 1312 during campaign of the Emperor Henry VII prince of
Orange. The year 1320 was characterised by the raids and destruction
wrought by Castruccio
Castracani, while in 1381 John Hawkwood's army was stopped in the
neighborhood by Buondelmonti's troops coming from Il Palagio. By that time the fortress, thanks to its
unscaleable curtain wall, had become a bastion for defense and a base for raids against the
invaders of the surrounding area. From the 15 C onwards, the castle
became the possession of the Florentine Republic which strengthened
The gothic Chapel of Il Palagio
with a Madonna and Child at the centre,
San Giovan Gualberto on the right and the Blessed Michele Flamini on the left.
The hills of Chianti provide a wide range of village and farm house accommodation for your stay in Tuscany. Why suffer the heat of a town when you could be high in the cool hills with panoramic views and a pool?
For vacation rentals and places to stay in Chianti, visit Greve in Chianti.
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