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Borgo e Chiesa di Santa Maria a Peretola e Borgo di Quaracchi 


duration of 1h 30
These visits are made possible thanks to the contribution of the Fondazione CR Firenze as part of "PARTECIPAZIONE CULTURALE".

Village and Church of Santa Maria a Peretola

Stories of invasions and wars, of houses  on stilts like the Amazon ones, of Roman land reclamations, of explorers like Amerigo Vespucci. Along the road that connected to the sea, outside the medieval walls, a village grows with shelters for horses, shops, inns, a Romanesque church dating back to the 12th century which preserves a ciborium by Della Robbia. Here a plaque recalls that in 1439 even the Eastern emperor John VII Palaeologus stayed. And then recently, braiders, workers, Garibaldi: Peretola, is a small piece of Florence that tells the  great story. first example of the use of glazed majolica later made famous by the Della Robbia workshop.

**Visit for groups by reservation.

or "clear waters"

Built between the Fosso Macinante and the Arno, Quaracchi is a village on the outskirts of Florence with a very ancient past. Signs of this past are the Church of San Pietro built before the year 1000 and linked over the centuries to the Order of the Knights of Malta, and the Renaissance villa Rucellai, probably a project by LB Alberti. But also the toponymy, the ditches and the streets tell us of a past that goes from the ancient Romans, to the Lombards at the time of Dante, to the Renaissance up to the flood of 1966. A walk through art and architecture to discover an unprecedented Florence.

**Visit for groups by reservation.

Barsene and the legacy of women: the story of the revolt of the braiders of Peretola

The production of straw hats offered employment to many women, who through their work redeemed entire communities, even in Peretola. At the end of the 19th century, the crisis and the competition from products from China, Japan and Java dragged entire families into poverty, and the first to pay the consequences were the workers. Among them, Barsene Conti, who animated a revolt, which lasted more than a month which was also joined by the tobacconists of Florence, the braiders of Fiesole and the straw weavers of Empoli. In the end, they were defeated but their bravery marks a crucial and little known moment of the union battles in Italy.

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