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Casole d'Elsa

Casole d' Elsa is a village characterised mainly by its buildings of ancient brick, placed on the ridge of a hill from where one can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view.

Casole d'ElsaCasole d' Elsa is a village characterised mainly by its buildings of ancient brick, placed on the ridge of a hill from where one can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view.

Originally an etruscan settlement and then a domain of the bishop of Volterra, casole passed in the first half of the 13th century under the control of Siena, in spite of the various rebellions provoked by the Porrina family for all of the first half of the next century. The sienese repeatedly reinforced and brought up to date the fortifications bacause of its defensive position. Casole's "terra" ( as a centre of habitation enclosed by walls used to be called in medievfal times) had an almost pear-like shape, extenging south to north for 420 metres and of a maximum width of about 130 meters. All around the confines ran the enclosing walls, a great part of which is still visible today particularly along the western side, through sometimes incorporated in the walls of the houses.

The main street runs south to north through the center, connecting the two gateways of the village: "Porta Rivellino" to the south , "Porta ai Frati " to the north. These two gateways no longer exist today; Rivellino was blown up by the nazis in the second word war.

Collegiata di Santa Maria Assunta Casole d'Elsa - SienaLa Rocca is the most important civil building in Casole, today the seat of the Town Hall. An imposing quadrangular edifice with a massive stone tower in the northern corner and another smaller one at slight angle at the opposite corner. To the sides of the main entrance are still visible some well preserved arrow slits. Over the course of time there have been numerous alterations, giving the building a much changed aspect, although conserving the sense of the volume.

The Castle (or Rocca)
Original Etruscan takeover, in the year 1200 Casole passed under the dominion of the Bishop of Volterra, that erected the primitive fortifications of the town. This place was always a stronghold in the Sienese orbit, crowning a hill in a border zone, the high Val of Elsa, sourly contended between Volterra and Florence for its strategic position, 15 Km. from Colle Val d' Elsa, 25 Km. from S.Gimignano and Volterra. The same inhabitants of Siena took care of the fortification of the city walls and the strengthening of the Castle.
The Town Walls of Casole have an elliptic shape, covering an extension of about 420 for 130 meters. The curtains were endowed by two Gates, now both destroyed. At South, just under the Castle, was the Rivellino Gate (Porta del Rivellino), demolished during the world war II by the German troops, at north the Frati Gate (Porta ai Frati).

The western front of the city walls (for great part still intact although incorporated in the houses) looking at the Val d'Elsa is characterized by two big semi-circular towers built in 1481. They were planned by the great Sienese architect Francisco di Giorgio Martini in order to fortify the original defensive structures, of which the Castle represents the maximum expression.
La Rocca di Casole d'Elsa - SienaThe Castle (or Rocca) stand on the south side of the town-walls and is currently seat of the Municipality of Casole. It was erected in 1352 and later on strengthened by two towers, of square shape and crowned by Guelph battlements. The beautiful gothic portal with lowered pointed arc crowned by the coat of arms of Siena keeps interesting arrow slits on each side.
On the still intact part of the walled curtain, built in red bricks but characterized by the insertions of horizontal decorations in stone, are still recognizable the rests of the machicolation supported by brackets with the shape of an overturned pyramid.
All the southern external side (joined at the city walls) of the Castle is disappeared. The alternation of stone and brick along all the perimeter of the building evidences the many alteration carried on in the centuries.
Still today Casole conserves the atmospheres of last outpost and everywhere are visible rests of fortifications and palaces slowly adapted in the time to the needs of men. With alleys, public squares and medieval palaces it is one of the more fascinating villages of the Val d' Elsa.


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