The Castelvecchio castle was an important fort during the medieval period. It had the advantage of a natural line of defence provided by two small rivers,Botro di Castelvecchio and the Botro della Libaia, both tributaries of the larger river Elsa.
The castle is powerful and compact in its size with very little decoration – one square compound built in red bricks, one of the most prominent examples of Gothic architecture of the age, with imposing M-shaped merlons running along the castle and bridge walls. It has seven towers, a superelevated keep with four main buildings inside. The castle is surrounded by a ditch, now dry, which was once filled with waters from the nearby Adige.
The main street of the village, dotted with ancient ruins, comes out on the square where now stands the church of San Frediano: a little hidden gem of Romanesque architecture, with a rectangular plan and semicircular apse so perfect that your hand touch will not perceive the discontinuity between one stone and another. The church of San Frediano is the best preserved building of the Castelvecchio ruins, a precious testimony of medieval life in this area.
Then, led by our expert guide, you will head to the eastern tower that dominates the landscape, with two grooves that meet a few meters from there: a charming place where you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding valleys and capture your Castelvecchio guided tour with unforgettable pictures.