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Church of Santa Maria a Mirteto - Asciano Pisano

Località Asciano Pisano, 56017, San Giuliano Terme, Pisa, Toscana, Italia

The Church

Placed on a terrace on Monte Conserva, the monastic complex is set in ‘A.n.p.i.l.-Valle delle Fonti’ naturalistic protected area.
In Cisternone, where the Medicean aqueduct starts, reaching as far as Pisa, Mirteto is accessible via a mule track sunk in the greenery and flanked by streams coming down from the mountain.
The original structures date from the 12th century, when the Cistercian monks settled in this region. That phase has left a church, a dormitory and a fountain.
The whole complex is in an advanced degradation state, yet it is still worth a visit, to appreciate either the naturalistic context hosting it and the architectural features employed for its building. 

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