Gambassi Terme

Gambassi Terme, included in the Parco Benestare project, is a charming village well-known for its spa. The thermal water, known as "the water of Pillo," has been valued for centuries. Experts describe it as having a combination of healing properties, similar to the water found in Vichy.
Gambassi is a village rich in art and culture, thanks to the presence of significant religious buildings such as the Parish Church of S. Maria a Chianni, which was constructed in the 12th century and exhibits influences of Pisan Romanesque architecture, reminiscent of the Volterra Cathedral.
Additionally, Gambassi is renowned for its pottery and glass production by "I bicchierai." Archaeological findings are displayed in a permanent exhibition at the public library.
The legendary Giovanni Gonnelli, known as "Cieco di Gambassi" was born here. Despite being blind, he had the ability to sculpt terracotta works strongly influenced by popular religious sentiment. The castle, located in the village center, stands prominently on Via Francigena, a route traveled by pilgrims during the Middle Ages en route to Rome. Archbishop Sigeric of Canterbury, in his famous travelogue from the 11th century, mentioned Gambassi as the twentieth milestone. In commemoration of this historical period, an annual walk along the ancient route of Via Francigena takes place.
In the town center, there is a spacious and lush municipal park. The park boasts a variety of plant and tree species from different parts of the world. Gambassi serves as an excellent starting point for exploring the most important art cities of Tuscany, offering a pleasant stay due to its favorable climate.
Moreover, Gambassi provides numerous artistic and cultural attractions, as well as cultural activities.
 


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The particular self-portrait
The particular self-portrait

It's a little bit strange because the Cathedral and the three doors too are entirely dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Santa Reparata Church and the mosaic carpet
Santa Reparata Church and the mosaic carpet

The cathedral hides a treasure: the archaeological area.

Mary and Mario
Mary and Mario

The Porte Sante Cemetery, a final rest for many, symbolizes love, loss, and the eternal beauty of Florence through its storied inhabitants.

The Chapel of Mary Magdalene
The Chapel of Mary Magdalene

In the same period Seymour Kirkup, the historian who financed works in the chapel of Mary Magdalene, was the owner of Dante's mask now preserved inside Palazzo Vecchio.