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  • westy54
    Sydney, Australia11,450 contributions
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    This impressive castle, the earliest buildings of which date back to the 12th century, sits atop of the hill in the pretty village of Toppi. Much of the castle was built during the late 12th and early 14th centuries, though it has undergone significant changes over the intervening centuries, particularly when lightening struck and destroyed part of the tower in the 19th century. Almost from its beginnings and for much of the next 400 years, it was home to the Counts of the Guidi family. Now though, it is the Seat of the Commune of Poppi who hold their Council meetings in the castle's old ballroom.

    Cost of entry was EUR7 (adults)/EUR5 (seniors).

    The castle houses a good number of attractions quite apart from its architectural features, which themselves command attention. These include the moat (now empty) around the exterior, the crenellated walls and Keep, the belfry (built from the destroyed tower), the maze of interior stone staircases that reminded me of an Escher artwork, the wooden balconies onto the internal courtyard and the prison cells etc.

    On the first floor, apart from the old ballroom, there is the Rilliana Library which holds over 25,000 volumes and over 800 manuscripts that was founded by Count Rilli Orsini in 1828. There was also a mirror maze and an in which there was a film playing.

    On the second floor there is a chapel where there are some excellent 14th century frescoes by Taddeo Gaddi as well as a museum with a huge diorama depicting the battlefield for the Battle of Campaldino that took place in the valley below the castle in 1289. The Guidi's were on the losing side. It is thought that Dante witnessed the battle and also subsequently stayed at the castle.

    There was also an excellent special exhibition entitled "Michelangelo Kidnapped" that had a film and photographs. Of particular interest to us was to discover that Poppi Castle was one of the places where treasures (paintings, statues etc) from the Uffizi and the Museum of Bargello were secretly stored and hidden here during WWII. It appears that the German Army towards the end of the war took the vast majority of these but, with the exception of a few items, notably including the Mask of a Faun attributed to Michelangelo, they were recovered by the Americans.

    Unfortunately there are a good number of stairs to navigate which may be an issue for some. There are approximately 63 stairs to navigate to get to the base of the Belfry and the upper floors. There are then a further 104 wooden stairs of varying widths to climb to get to the top of the Belfry where you are rewarded with spectacular 360 degree views. Take care not to be up there when the bell goes off. I can testify that it is deafening.

    Well worth a visit.
    Written 22 May 2024
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  • Craig L
    Perth, Australia329 contributions
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    We loved our visit here. It was not our destination as we just came across it in the old town. It is an 11th century abbey and downstairs it contains the actual remains of the saint and other pious leaders. There are some lovely works of art and the abbey is in beautiful condition and welcoming. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
    Written 12 August 2019
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  • TerSag
    Bury St. Edmunds, UK983 contributions
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    We awaken eat morning to the view across the valley to Poppi. A proper fortified hill town, with a medieval castle standing proudly. It seems to be part typical Italian hill town, and part medieval film set, waiting for Spielberg to come and do his thing. There's a touch of Venician influence. A lovely place.
    Written 22 May 2023
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  • westy54
    Sydney, Australia11,450 contributions
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    This church faces out onto one of the main squares, the Piazza Amerighi. The church is hexagonal in shape with a domed roof and its facade, surrounded on three sides, by a portico.

    Building of the church commenced in 1657 and, whilst it was first used a couple of years later, the works were not completed until 1705.

    The church was dedicated to the Virgin Mary in gratitude for saving Toppi from the worst ravages of the plaques in 1530 and 1630/31.

    Internally, on opposite sides, there are three arches that frame three ornate chapels. The central chapel houses the high altar that has a panel depicting the Madonna and Child and the infant St John attributed to the Filippino Lippi school.

    Small, but worth a look if in Poppi.
    Written 15 May 2024
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  • gagnon415
    Montreal, Canada28 contributions
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    This is very cute. good spot for picture. We we visited it was very quiet; good place to sit and enjoy a book !
    Written 6 April 2017
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  • mRobisch
    Munich, Germany74 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small and Cosy place with small animal areas in a normal surrounding divided by normal fences. It is quite attractive, the animal can be seen from a very close distance (if they like to be seen, the y have hiding places !)
    Actually the place for the brown bear is very small, poor animal, but the new area which is actually in construction will be a very nice place for him.
    This is not a highly sophisticated zoo. But if you want to spend a bit time with your children in the green it is a nice place to do this,
    Written 6 September 2015
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  • westy54
    Sydney, Australia11,450 contributions
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    It appears that a church has existed on this site since the 13th century however the current church dates from the second half of the 18th century.

    The church is quite narrow with a very simple facade painted yellow. Pilasters at each corner of the building lead to an unadorned tympanum at the top. There is a single portal with steps that follow the slope of the road as well as a single window above the portal.

    Internally the church has a single nave with a barrel ceiling. The colour scheme is a bright fresh looking yellow and white. There were four ornate side chapels with works by Francesco Morandini (known as Poppi) and Jacopo Ligozzi amongst others.

    There were paintings of saints in front of the main altar (similar to an Orthodox Church) which blocked ones view of the main altar, which appeared to be somewhat simple with a large wooden cross showing the crucifixion towering above it.
    Written 20 May 2024
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  • Natalie H
    Poole, UK6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cannot rate this camp site enough! From the beautiful open green space, the lovely pool, the location. But mainly, the amazing staff and family atmosphere. The lady we were greeted by (I believe her name was Graziella) made us feel so so welcome and like nothing was too much trouble. Overall, this is a lovely family run site, that is so well looked after and we would 100% love to visit again!
    Graziella, if you see this - Thank you!! You made our stay so enjoyable!
    Written 6 September 2018
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  • WarmHen
    Essex, CT38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely drive, beautiful scenery and then there's the church. Was unprepared for the incredible beauty. So well worth the stop.
    Written 20 October 2016
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