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Pieve of San Giorgio

The Church

Perched onto the gentle slopes leading to the upland of Pizzorne, the Pieve of San Giorgio di Brancoli looks onto the last stretches of the Serchio valley. From the church square, the gaze gets lost over the plain of Lucca; when the air is clearest, even the bell towers standing within the city walls of Lucca can be spotted. The imposing campanile, next to the façade, is the sentry to an edifice whose extraordinary richness is still revealed by its medieval features. The overall classicism conveyed by its basilical plan and plain wall faces were inspired by the Sant’Alessandro of Lucca, built as the Pieve in the second half of the 9th century, in the atmosphere of spiritual reform of the church promoted by the bishop Anselmo da Baggio, later become pope under the name of Alexander II. The sculptural decoration of the church is unique as to its quality and exhaustiveness, from architectural sculpture, coeval to the building, to the most rich presbyterial fittings, dating from the subsequent century.

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11th-12th centuries

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The ‘Brancolino’

Anselm of Lucca

Matilda of Canossa

How to get there

In auto e moto
Autostrada A11 Firenze Mare - Uscita Lucca Est o Lucca Ovest. Proseguire sulla Via del Brennero/SS12 (nord) seguendo le indicazioni per “Bagni di Lucca” “Abetone” ed arrivare fino a Ponte a Moriano (KM 5). Attraversato il paese, svoltare a destra in Via per Pieve di Brancoli e seguire la strada.

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Brancoleria itinerary