Foiano della Chiana

Foiano della Chiana is the oldest Carnival village in Italy. But it is not only famous for Carnival, but also for its beautiful pieces of art, like the Della Robbia works that can be found in the churches across the area. The famous battle of Scannagallo took place a few kilometers from the town center in 1554 and saw Florence and Siena clash. In the surroundings of Foiano della Chiana there are many typical agricultural products, the most famous is the Aglione della Valdichiana, the typical local garlic.

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Foiano della Chiana

Foiano della Chiana is the oldest Carnival village in Italy. But it is not only famous for Carnival, but also for its beautiful pieces of art, like the Della Robbia works that can be found in the churches across the area. The famous battle of Scannagallo took place a few kilometers from the town center in 1554 and saw Florence and Siena clash. In the surroundings of Foiano della Chiana there are many typical agricultural products, the most famous is the Aglione della Valdichiana, the typical local garlic.

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Art and culture

Foiano della Chiana is a settlement of Etruscan, and later, Roman origin. For a long period it was almost completely surrounded by water, and that led to the flooding of Valdichiana. In 1337 the village fell under the dominion of Florence and this led to the reconstruction of the city walls and towers. There is an important presence of artists in the area, the most important being Della Robbia, whose artworks we can still admire today.

History and Traditions

A few kilometers from Foiano, in the hamlet of Pozzo della Chiana, there is the Temple of Santo Stefano alla Vittoria. It was built by Cosimo de'Medici to celebrate the historic victory over Siena in the famous Battle of Scannagallo, which took place the 2nd of August 1554. The battle re-enactment event is still alive today. Thanks to the commitment of the Association of Historical Re-enactment, every year tourists and enthusiasts can take a leap into the past.

Excellence and Territory

The Carnival of Foiano della Chiana is one of the most famous and ancient carnivals in Italy with its first edition dating back to 1539. It takes place within the town walls and sees the participation of the four quarters, or districts, in which the city population is divided. In addition to Carnival, there are many typical agricultural products: among them all, the most famous is the Aglione della Valdichiana, the typical local garlic.

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