The Holy Land
In the Middle Ages, the town of Acquapendente was established as a village and monastery by the Benedictine order because of its position on the via Francigena. And because of its cathedral dedicated to the Holy Sepulchre, the town became famous. This Romanesque architecture has an amazing crypt with 24 columns, builtin 1100.
After the Holy Sepulchre, the San Francesco church is another must-see, which was renamed with the name of St Francis after his death and restored in a more flamboyant style during the year of 1747.
Festa dei Pugnaloni
In May 1166, a cherry tree, that has been fruitless for many years, suddenly started to blossom again and people of Acquapendente, who were under the tyranny of Frederick I Barbarossa, saw it like a sign from the Madonna del Fiore to rebel. They destroyed the castle symbol of imperial power and reconquered their freedom.
Ever since the reoccurring Pugnaloni event is celebrating the victory of freedom of all oppressions.
On your trip, you will see some famous Tuscan landscapes, hills with road bordered by Italian cypress trees. But you will also cross some sunflower fields, and fall in love with some Romanesque churches of Quinciano. Our tip: climb the hill of Radicofani to enjoy spectacular views of this beautiful area. And once you have arrived in Acquapendente, become enchanted by the rivers and lakes that surround the city.