Travel and Culture in Tuscany
Tommaso Guidi, called Masaccio (1401-1428), a great innovator of the 15th century painting, his master Masolino (1383-1440) and, two centuries later, another artist of great value, Giovanni da San Giovanni (1592-1636) were born in this land.
In the heart of the town you must visit the Palazzo Pretorio, better known as Palazzo d’Arnolfo, from the name of the architect Arnolfo di Cambio, who planned the whole thirteenth-century castle and who, probably, planned this palace too, according to the information by Giorgio Vasari.
Then we advise you to visit the church Santa Maria delle Grazie, the Museum and the parish church San Giovanni Battista.
Finally, in the environs, we advise you to see: the Badiola di S.Maria in Mamma, on the right side of the Arno, an ancient church that belonged to the Nonantola Benedectines.
San Giovanni Valdarno photographies kindly granted by Il Sillabo