This book outlines the history of the network of paths in Valdarno Superiore in reference to the main roadway, which ’created’ the the area itself. The valley, dominated by the river and its tributaries, has always been a place of passage and liason between two centers – first Fiesole and Arezzo, and later Florence and Arezzo. As a crossroads it has undergone frequent modification over the centuries, and as seen the foundation of many human settlements and various structures, destined to have a close relationship to the paths just as those before them.
In the book, the main road is used as a reference point to a succension of historical events, legendary episodes, religious cults, pilgrimages, journeys of illustrious men – among them leads, popes, poets, philosophers and merchants – and the arrival and creation on site of works of art, including many interesting Baroque and 17th century works that bolstered several important modern workshops.Presentations by
Edoardo Speranza, Antonio Paolucci, Carlo ColellaIntroduction by
Renato StopaniPDF format