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Meleto

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Near Gaiole in Chianti, on a shunting line of civil servant 408 “of Montevarchi” in direction of Siena.

Discover castle of Meleto

Covering the road that gives Castagnoli it leads to Gaiole is turned around to a hill dominated from the powerful structure of a castle: is the Castle of Meleto of more notices between monuments of the Chianti. The date of its foundation is not known, but it is presumed must to a branch of the family of the Firidolfi Ricasoli that in XII the century appear between i owners, united to the monks of Coltibuono. The more late dominion passes for entire to the Firidolfi Meletesi.

Place little far from the line of border between the republics of Florence and Siena, endures the sieges and the attacks that for centuries afflict this zone of the Chianti.
During the war of 1478 between Florence and Siena, it falls in the hands of the Sieneses that demolish it partially.
Favorably changed for Florence the risen ones of the war, the castle returns in the hands of the Florentines that reconstruct it. Other damages gravisumi the Castle of Meleto endures them in 1530, when it comes of new invested from the war fury.

In one of the maps of the Captains of Guelfa part d castle is represented in totally various way from what it appears today, evidencing infa t u n the great tower to rectangular base.The castelio, it comes therefore transformed in villa in the first goal of 1700 (on plan of architect Giovan Battina Ricasoli) conserving of the ancient structure all the external structures, comprised the two towers angle irons.
The thing allows to inside create immense rooms sonRwsamente decorated, that they return therefore the parts hospitable that a time had pure defensive functions. The result is what still today it is seen and costtuisce a model of restructure and recupevo of remarkable pregio. Interesting the teatrino that it carries the date of 1742.

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Images of Castello di Meleto
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