WHEN TO GO
Summer and autumn are the best times to visit Impruneta. In the third weekend of June, during the summer solstice, it is held the Festival Sete Sois Sete Luas, multicultural festival Mediterranean inspired by Jose Saramago. The last Sunday of September there is the Grape Festival, and in mid-October, the traditional Fair of St. Luke, the patron saint of the town.
Etruscan settlement first and then Roman, Impruneta is located between Val di Greve and Val d’Ema. It is famous for the production of terracotta and for the Sanctuary of Santa Maria ad Impruneta eleventh century, with the image of the Madonna, considered the savior of the wounded people from the plague of 1600 and a destination for pilgrims since ancient times.
FINDING AND MOVE
Impruneta is at the beginning of the Chianti hills and can be reached by car or bus. The country can be visited on foot.
WHAT TO SEE
The town developed around the Sanctuary of Santa Maria at Impruneta, renovated after the bombings of World War II, is home to valuable works such as the Nativity of the Virgin of Passignano, two shrines attributed to Michelozzo and decorated with terracotta that preserve the relics of the True cross and the image of the Madonna of Impruneta. Nearby is the Museo del Tesoro di Santa Maria which houses manuscripts, jewelery and other artefacts from the Basilica. The historic monuments and famous churches: the Church of San Miniato in Quintole, Church of St. Peter in Jerusalem, the Church of Saints Stephen and Catherine, and the Church of San Lorenzo alle Rose. Also to see the famous terracotta Fornaci, where skilled craftsmen produce beautiful artifacts with local clay.
WHAT TO DO
You can take a bike ride along the quiet surrounding country lanes and visiting local farms. You can book guided tours to discover the natural beauty of the place, as well as the Etruscan and Roman remains of the surrounding Valiano, Quintole and Fabbiole.
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
City of Imprnueta
Piazza Buondelmonti n. 41
50023 Impruneta (FI)
+39 055 203641 – 800 475701
Mon-Fri 9:30 to 12:30, 16:00 to 18:00
Saturday 9:30 to 12:30