|The stairway that brings to the main
||The walled curtains.
The castle of Strozzavolpe rises on a hill
just out of the city of Poggibonsi and from here It's easily reachable.
The castle of Strozzavolpe is the
most important of the small fortifications that surrounded the inhabited
area of Poggibonsi and the only arrived practically intact to us. It rises
on a hill in front of the "Poggio Bonizio" where
was begun, and never completed, the Medicean project of the construction
of a fortress ("Emperor Fortress")
and of a new strengthened city. Strozzavolpe is remembered as 'Scoriavolpe'
in a 1154 document, passed during 1330 from the family Salimbeni to the
Adimari of Florence. The castle still preserves the irregular perimeter
of the medieval walls with the only access through a tower, the ancient
keep, whose actual aspect derives from a last century reconstruction.
The image of the construction, embattled and towered, it is one of the
most scenographic of this area but the perfection of the castle has gone
at damage of its originality, having been restored in more parts. Today
it's a private residence, visible on application, and in its halls
entertains a beautiful collection of ancient weapons.
|The tower with the principal entry
originally endowed with a drawbridge.
||The embattled enclosure walls.
||The main gate overhung by a coat
of arms in stone.