Buggiano and Colle castles
When travelling on ancient roads you can visit the historic hamlets and castles such as Buggiano and Colle.
The guide will show you ancient paths in the sweet hills spread with olive groves and the landscape around the most important stream, Cessana, that flows through the territory of Buggiano. The Guide will tell you about its name, its history and its appearence.
How we usually organize this day
The trail starts in Colle, a hamlet founded in the Middle Age, here you can make out nice house doors and gardens walls, you can see the Oratory of Knights of Malta and you can admire a nice parish churh Pieve di San Lorenzo with the old tower bell. Now your walk through this village has come to the end and you can leave it through one of the city gates.
After visiting the village, through the best way to discover the site, the guide will take you along the Cessana stream to the village Borgo a Buggiano.
The stream flows in a very narrow valley surrounded by woods and it is rich in riparian biodiversity and the landscape is historical and environmental value. Indeed who walks along these paths can appreciate the ancient works and structures: stone bridges, mills, oil mills, sources and aqueducts. The most ancient bridge is “Ponte sulla Strada Rio delle Due” it has a medieval origin and a particular donkey back shape.
Well, now you can reach, going uphill, Buggiano castle situated on a peak. It’s the village that you can see best from afar because of the dark red colour of its houses and palaces. The characteristic red Pompeian colour derives from Villa Sermolli indeed originally all the properties of the family Sermolli were distinguished by this particular shade of colour. Citrus plants and other beautiful plants and flowers are grown here, which can be seen behind the gardens gate.
The walks ends in the main square of the castle, Piazza Pretorio where you can admire the wonderful Pretorian palace with its characteristic stone façade with mullioned window and numerous stone coat of arms, the church of Santa Maria Maggiore, the fortress on the highest point of the hill and the clock tower.
During or after the trail we usually bring the group to a tavern for wine and food tasting.
You can easily visit typical villas in Buggiano. Villas born during the 16th century offers an antique hall in the baroque park with a large garden full of citrus fruits and a beautiful panoramic terraces.
To taste local products and the wine we can suggest typical tavern, very close to Buggiano, that serves very good wines and food with explanations.