Posted by: Debra Kolkka | July 13, 2015

Pop into Poppi

The drive through Tuscany to Poppi is delightful, especially in spring when everything is fresh and newly green.

around Poppi

around Poppi

around Poppi

 

Poppi

We parked at the bottom of the hill, near a temple, and walked up to the town.

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Poppi

Poppi

Poppi looks out over the Castentino Valley through a turreted palazzo architecturally similar to the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The Castello dei Conti Guidi is magnificently preserved and a delight to wander through.

Poppi castle

The castle was built by Count Guidi, a family that dates back to the 10th century in the Tuscan area. Historians attribute the construction, or possible reconstruction to Conte di Battifolle in 1274.

The large tower, which was renovated in 1817, dominates the building. Towards the top of the tower there still remains traces of another structure which is thought to have originally supported the bells, which date from 1423 and 1722.

Poppi

Once you enter the large door there is an open courtyard.

Poppi

Poppi

Poppi

Poppi

The castle opens into a large space with a long staircase from the 15th century leading to the upper floors.

Poppi

Poppi

 

Poppi

Poppi

On the second floor are frescoed walls and a beautifully decorated ceiling.

Poppi

The views from the tower are most impressive, even through the netting.

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Poppi

Poppi

Stern faced Dante makes a appearance in the grounds of the castle.

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He had a few friends gathered around the day we were there.

Poppi

Poppi

The centre of Poppi is lovely, but practically deserted. The main street has some interesting houses, mostly shut up. I spoke to the woman in the newsagent, one of the very few open shops, and she told me most houses have been inherited and the owners live far away and only return for a week each year…what a waste!

Poppi

Poppi

We had lunch in a little deli in the main piazza…cheerfully prepared by the couple who owned it. We did see a couple of cafes open as we drove  out, but there was not a lot of activity in Poppi.

Poppi

Poppi is definitely worth a visit. The castle alone makes it interesting, but there would not be much to do in an overnight stay…we went on to Arezzo, which is fascinating…more on that later.

Poppi


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  1. Fancy having such a gem all to yourselves… Another treasure revealed. I think I’ve seen the turn off to Poppi. Next time I’ll take it!

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    • Poppi is really worth a visit. Wouldn’t it be great to see some of those houses lived in and more life in this lovely place?

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  2. Awesome, thanks for sharing! I love Umbria, will definitely have to check this out.

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    • I made a mistake, which I have now corrected. Poppi is in Tuscany.The whole area is lovely and Poppi is well worth a visit.

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  3. Lovely photographs.

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  4. Yes. Poppi looks delightful and the views are glorious

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  5. I love that great hall with the frescoes and the arcades. Thank you for sharing, Deb! Umbria has some great towns and treasures.

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    • The castle is very well preserved and our visit was fun.

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  6. Usually old castles disappoint once you step inside but this one has maintained much of its elegance

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  7. Yes we loved the castle there!

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  8. Dante certainly doesn’t look amused. 🙂 Having viewed your wonderful photo gallery, I would love to pop into Poppi. Love those old frescoes.

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    • Dante always looks serious. I have never seen a statue of him any other way.

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  9. I really don’t know if I like more Tuscany or Umbria, yet they are so very different. Your posts make my heart bleeding for Italy, but than brousing through your images I feel like I am right there. Thank you for sharing

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    • I find it difficult to tell the difference between most of Umbria and Tuscany. I think Umbria is a little less developed, but both are beautiful.

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  10. What a fascinating castle to explore!!

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  11. Very impressive castle…shame to see the village is not well populated.

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  12. How lovely! I was supposed to go there on a school trip a few years ago (language classes) and the trip was cancelled. Now I will have to make plans to spend a day In Poppi.

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  13. Good to know that it’s nice for a stop but there is somewhere else to stay overnight! 🙂

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  14. Its sad that the village isn’t populated enough and people come just once a year. Poppi is again one of the gems I got to know through you. Thanks 🙂

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  15. The castle looks amazing!

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  16. […] visited Poppi, Castiglion Fiorentino , Cortona and Arezzo, a firm favourite. I don’t know why more tourists […]

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