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Main monuments to visit

-- The Church of Santa Maria Assunta: was built near the castle and wholly rebuilt in the 19th century. It has a splendid bronze portal by Umberto Bartoli representing eight sacred events, of which some are more recent. Its indoors host some beautiful art works like: “The Madonna and Child” attributed to Francesco Botticini (15th century); two wooden Crucifixes one of them from the 15th century’s Florentine school and the other one by Jacopo Sansovino (16th century). “The Annunciation” by Michele di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio’s studio (16th century) is placed in the church’s Oratory.
The Pieve di San Leolino: a Romanesque church from the 10th century considered as one of the most remarkable religious sites in the Chianti territory. It is located in the nearness of Panzano’s Castle. The interior is divided into three naves held by austere columns from the 12th century. It hosts an exceptional organ by Demetrio and Onofrio Bruschi (last 19th century) and a notable collection of art works like: two glazed tabernacles by Giovanni Della Robbia; a triptych representing “The Madonna and Saints” by the Maestro di Panzano (14th century) another triptych representing “The Madonna and Child and angels in Throne” by Mariotto di Nardo (early 15th century) and a recently restored canopy by Meliore di Jacopo (13th century) with “The Madonna with S. Peter and S. Paul and four stories”. In the Baptistry (16th century) there are an ancient noteworthy rock fountain and a fresco by Raffaellino del Garbo (16th century) representing “The Baptism of Jesus”.  
- The Oratory of S. Eufrosino: is in the nearness of Panzano. Originally a Romanesque structure, it has Renaissance features from the 15th century. In the middle Ages it was a popular centre of pilgrimage due to its nearby curative spring waters. The water was considered miraculous because its properties can heal eye illness and increase milk production in lactating women. The building has been recently restored and the indoors host a beautiful Gothic pulpit made of rare stone. On its lower part are the remnants of a fresco representing S.Caterina of Alessandria (14th century).
Nowadays the Oratory is used as a concert hall or as an art gallery for contemporary exhibitions.

Main Towns of Chianti

Badia a Passignano, Barberino val d' Elsa, Castellina in Chianti, Castello di Brolio, Castello di Gabbiano, Castello di Meleto, Certaldo, Colle Val D' Elsa, Greve in Chianti, Monteriggioni, Mercatale Val di Pesa, Panzano in Chianti, Radda in Chianti, San Gimignano, Tavernelle Val di Pesa, Badia a Coltibuono.

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