Description Antico Borgo San Lorenzo
- The Antico Borgo S. Lorenzo sets in the heart in Tuscany among Florence (40 Kms) and Siena (25km), with buildings typical of the Middle Ages and of the Renaissance, with places marvelous and suggestive panoramic foreshortenings, dominate the valley of the river Elsa. The ancient village, belonged to the family Tolomei, it is situated on the layout of the Via Francigena among corn's fields, wheat and sunflowers and hills of vineyards and uliveti, among Colle Val d'Elsa (city of the crystal) and Poggibonsi. It was for this that in 1200ad the Borgo was a resting lodge for many merchants and pilgrims who came from the North to travel to Rome. Situated in the heart of the Borgo is the Church of San Lorenzo. This ancient roman church dates back to the 10th century and holds a beautiful 15th century fresco of Pier Francesco Fiorentino. The church is historically noted for the first meeting between San Francesco and San Lucchese which took place in the year 1210ad. An exceptional discovery was made here at Antico Borgo San Lorenzo in 1963, when digging the foundations to construct a new building. Exquisite silver goblets fashioned by the Gotis, were unearthed (5th century). This treasure represents one of the more precious antique findings ever found from the era of Gotis. These Galognano treasures are jealously kept in the museum of History in Colle val d'Elsa and can be viewed when visiting the museum. In a veil of mystery, which surrounds the Borgo, we can experience guaranteed tranquillity and quiet sojourn immersed in nature and an atmosphere of antiquity.