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Loro Ciuffenna main bridge

view of town center

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La Gropina

La Gropina

Loro Ciuffenna is on the slopes of the Pratomagno mountain at an elevation of 320m (~1,050 ft.). The original route into town was over a Roman bridge, one of the seven along the route. Much of the town center is medieval in architecture, and there is a water-powered mill, dating to before 1200 AD, which still produces chestnut and other flours.

Loro Ciuffenna became a permanent settlement in the 4th century AD. This is the same period as the original structure which the current church, La Gropina (current structure dates to the 9th century AD), is built on. The belltower at La Gropina dates back to the early 1200s.

Agriculture is the primary driver of the local economy, with grapes and olives as the major crops. At one time, irises which were used in the manufacture of perfume were the primary crop.

The roads leading into the town are very popular with cyclists and there are often races or other organized tours on the weekends.

Russell Crowe has reportedly recently purchased a villa in the hills overlooking Loro Ciuffenna.

Additional information on the website for the comune: www.lorociuffenna.net

Nearby sights are:

Cavriglia: home of an extensive rose garden "Rose del Mondo" which is open to the public in May.

Borro: a hamlet originally owned by the royal family Savoia e Agosto; it was purchased by the Ferragamo family several years ago and is being extensively renovated. Noteworthy is the mechanized nativity scene.

Chianti: Gaiole in Chianti, with La Badia a Coltibuono, owned and operated by the family of Lorenza de Medici, is an easy drive to the west.

Arezzo: major city of the province and about 30 minutes south of Loro Ciuffenna; its church of San Franceso, with magnificent frescoes by Piero della Francesca, is a must see.

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