"Pieve" is more or less the ancestor of the "parish". From the Latin word "plebs" (people, but in this case rather "settlement") the word designated in the Middle Ages a rural church with the legal authority to baptize, and that for this purpose had power over a well-defined territorial perimeter.
Even the "Pieve di Cellole" belongs to this category. It's located into the Tuscan countryside, about 4 Km northwest of San Gimignano, in a beautiful hillside location .
The church of this "pieve" in its present layout dates back at the beginning of the thirteenth century (although the first mention of it is in the tenth century). Therefore it has a Romanesque style, in the specific version of the simple country churches.
This rural character contributes to its charm; as contributes to the fact that it's on the historic "Via Francigena", leading to and from Rome, into the twentieth stage of route described by Sigeric of Canterbury (tenth century); route which has been re-opened and arranged both for pilgrims and simple hikers .
From spring 2013 a major event has affected the Pieve di Cellole: it was the settling in it of an interfaith monastic community, called "Community of Bose" (by the Piedmont's village where it was firstly founded). The Community also offers hospitality into the "Pieve" buildings, not for tourism purposes but for those who want to really experience this specific way of monastic life.
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