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In the Chianti region, land of parishes and castles, there are still corners, stones and traces of the past that can be renewed and identiﬁed to reveal unedited pages of the history of the territory from a distant past, like the Medieval Period, and from its important inﬂuence on the landscaping and architecture of the Tuscan countryside.
The research and studies of a young expert medievalist-archaeologist from Florence, Teresa Ulivelli, takes us to a great discovery in the Chianti region; the presence of a castle, dating to the year 1000, in which parts of the protective walls have been identiﬁed.
Among the olives and the rolling hills of San Casciano rise the remains of the castle. The ruins are located on a small hill next to the church of Sant’ Angelo a Vico l’Abate, on the border between the towns of San Casciano and Greve in Chianti (the Castelli del Grevepesa area).
“We are talking about the Castello di Vicchio”, explains the archaeologist, “a main property of the important religious center of the Badia Fiorentina which can be dated between the end of the 10th century and the 13th century”.
The discovery emerged from library research, where the identiﬁcation and localization of the castle in the territory was found. On the top of the Vicchiaccio hill, we can see parts of the building structure belonging to a small protective wall, which was built around the summit of the hill.
The existence of the castle from the 13th century is veriﬁed by some documents that belong to the Badia Fiorentina.