Are you looking for an excursion idea? Here at Made in Firenze we can tell you all about our beautiful Tuscany; today’s suggestion is: Suvereto.
Suvereto (province of Livorno) is a Made in Tuscany magnificent medieval village whose origins date back to the year 1000 ad, set on the slopes of the hills overlooking the sea and the Etruscan Coast, in the green valley crossed by the river Cornia.
The countryside is lush with vegetation, with many of ancient olive trees, and from here passes the famous Wine Route. Crafts activities that revolve around farming have been passed down for generations and renew the ancient traditions of Suvereto. Characteristic and rich in history and art, Suvereto is a real gem. The country with its charming architectural harmony, encloses, inside the ancient walls, paved alleyways over which stone houses, historic buildings, churches and shady cloisters overlook. Huge forests of chestnut trees, oak trees and Mediterranean scrubs descend to the sea.
The wood production, the activity in the countryside and the craftsman refer to a centuries-old history of engagement and research: coal, “sugherai” (cork wood workers), carpenters, blacksmiths, ladders, furnishings: a rich tradition of artisan work today especially in the processing of iron and wood.
The small town in its ancient part is collected inside an ancient pentagonal defensive wall surrounded by eight turrets. The beautiful fortress, formerly presidio of the castle, rises on the hill dominating the town where, the dated around the year 1200 ad Town Hall, is one of the most beautiful buildings of civil art in Italy. And we still find the Cloister of St Francis animated each year by concerts, shows and historical re-enactments. The Church of San Giusto, built around the year 1000 ad, near the main entrance to the village, is of Romanesque style with Byzantine decorations and has attached the Museum of Sacred Art, featuring important sculptures, paintings and sacred vestments.
Nature – Nearby is the magnificent Montioni Nature Park, rich in Mediterranean scrub and holm oak and forests, almost 7,000 hectares, where important archeological and historical finds are also present. The Park is characterized by dense walking, biking, and horseback walking trails in the Mediterranean scrub and oak forests, mines and historical testimonies. In the heart of the Park are the remains of the Alumina quarries of the Mining Village created by Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte. The Park is at free access and guided tours are available on reservation.