Poggibonsi Travel Guide

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    fish restaurant poggibonsi siena
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    Saint John church (1962)
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Poggibonsi Things to Do

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    by Mikebond Updated May 3, 2010

    Palazzo Pretorio ("Magistrate's Palace") was built around the end of the 13th century. It was the seat of the civil from 1270 power until the new Town Hall was built in 1892.
    The ground floor originally had an open gallery, whose arcades we still see, for public meetings and for the market. The first floor consisted of some rooms and a hall for assemblies.

    Close to the palace you see the Torre del Podestà ("Podestà's tower"), a pre-existing 13th-century building. On its top there was a bell-tower, a bell being used to inform people living in the castle about wars, sieges and disasters, or just to mark the hours.

    The merlons were added and the bell-tower demolished in 1895, when the bell was given to the tower of San Lucchese's church. The clock of the tower, made by German clockmaker Messer Guglielmo, was moved to the bell-tower of the collegiate church.

    The building was modified many times in the centuries. Around 1930, a restoration brought it back to its original look, as we see it now. The podestà's who succeeded one to another put their stone coat of arms over the arcades: we can still see them.

    Since 1997 the palace has been the seat of the Museo di Paleontologia, with divisions of archeology and natural sciences too.

    (photos to come)

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    by Mikebond Updated Apr 12, 2010

    Well, this is not really a must-see attractions, but it's the most important civil building in Poggibonsi and occupies a whole side of the central square, so you can't help seeing it.
    The palace was built between 1818 and 1871, when the town hall was transfered there from the neighbouring (and far more interesting for tourists) Palazzo Pretorio.
    It was recently restored and its interiors are decorated with many works by contemporary artists.

    (photo of the exterior to come soon)

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Poggibonsi Hotels

  • Hotel Villa San Lucchese

    Loc. San Lucchese 5, Poggibonsi, 53036, it

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Azienda Agricola Croce di Bibbiano

    Bibbiano, 3, Poggibonsi, 53036, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Alcide

    Viale Marconi n.67/a, POGGIBONSI, Italy, 53036, IT

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel Villa San Giorgio

    Loc. Cinciano, Poggibonsi, 53036, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Palazzo alle Mura

    Via Romana 4, Poggibonsi, 53038, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Semifonte

    Via Pisana 1, Poggibonsi, 50021, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Villa del Pino

    Localit�  Pino 1, Poggibonsi, 53036, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

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  • Europa

    Via Senese 293, Poggibonsi, 53036, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Poggibonsi Restaurants

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    by beates Written Sep 27, 2012

    In Poggibonsi a quality place for weddings and event is Hotel Alcide which restaurant is the best place where to taste fish dishes and the greatest food!
    Also look on TA reviews

    http://www.hotelalcide.com/
    http://www.tripadvisor.it/Hotel_Review-g644282-d572417-Reviews-Hotel_Alcide-Poggibonsi_Tuscany.html

    Favorite Dish: Small potato gnocchi in an asparagus cream pan-fried with scallop

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    by Mikebond Updated Apr 4, 2011

    If you visit Poggibonsi, I strongly recommend you'd have lunch or dinner at this restaurant, for several reasons:
    1) it offers typical food of the Siena province at a reasonable/low price;
    2) it lies in the centre of the town;
    3) the owner Mauro is a very warm and talkative person, like the average Tuscan. He would often talk to us about his work or other topics and would often make some discounts on our bill!

    Favorite Dish: My parents and I had several typical dishes at the four dinners we had there. Some of them were:

    STARTERS
    Crostini toscani
    Bruschetta with ham and four cheeses

    FIRST DISHES
    Pici alla senese (a sort of spaghetti with tomato sauce, bacon, bread);
    Pici al cinghiale

    to be continued

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Poggibonsi Off The Beaten Path

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    by Mikebond Updated Apr 12, 2010

    The Chiesa di San Giuseppe ("Saint Joseph's church") was built in 1960-62 on a plan by Carlo Del Zanna.
    I didn't visit it both because it was closed when I passed by there and because I find it rather ugly, like many other churches built in the 20th century. I'm not a fan of contemporary art...
    However, I have read on a website that you can see here important works by local artist Giuseppe Calonaci, who sculptured the entry gate said "Gate of Peace" and a window of this church. If you go inside, you will see a Resurrection by Siena painter Enzo Pollai.

    Anyway, with my highest respect for Calonaci and Pollai, I still wouldn't visit this church, considering there are several more interesting churches and buildings in Poggibonsi.

    Saint John church (1962)
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