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Lastra a Signa

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AN ENCHANTED VILLAGE NEAR TO FLORENCE

The territory of Lastra a Signa low-lying areas with mountainous landscapes alternates. In the area of s. Ilario, there are many limestones and clays that characterize the terrain. The monte Albano and Artimino consist of layers of sandstone and alluvial plains and river deposited materials . Area rich in springs, lakes and tributaries of the River Arno, sprinkles here and there by small forests and villas from the Renaissance as Villa Bellosguardo. The latter surrounded by a large Parco di Villa Bellosguardo  enchanted the tenor Enrico Caruso who acquired in 1905. In his honor was established the first museum on the figure of the Neapolitan tenor.

The municipality of slab includes numerous villages to be discovered as Brucianesi, Calcinaia, Carcheri, Ginestra Fiorentina, Malmantile, Marliano and Vigliano. There is also the ancient gate of Baccio, the Hospital of Sant'Antonio and the Palazzo del Podestà.

 

THE ANCIENT NAME LASTRA A GANGALANDI

The ancient name of Lastra a Signa was Lastra a Gangalandi: many sandstone quarries explain the first part of the name of the country; While Gangalandi is the family of feudal lords who ruled this area in the 12th century.

The first evidence on Lastra a Signa date back to 1260 with quotes on Saint Martin's Church; was Florence to mark history by suppressing the local feudal lords. During the 1300, under the rule of the Medici was built the square shaped irregular walls that protected slab, which became the County of Florence and followed step by step the story.

 

Traditions

Among the many festivals and events there is a which is now in its 237° Edition, theancient fair of Lastra a Signa, a festival which takes place in August and sees the ancient tradition to bless the horse, but also farmers ' markets parades antiques, fine dining and entertainment

 

Typical products

In Lastra a Signa the best tuscan tradition meets the originality of the kitchen. Among the most common products are wine, olive oil, saffron. There is also one of the very few breeding snails that exist in Italy.

 

Photo Credits [wikipedia.org]

 

 

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