Sigeric the Serious: Via Francigena, Sce Martin in Fosse, Circa 990 AD

Once a stop along the Via Francigena, not much is left of the medieval town Sce Martin in Fosse. This part of the Tuscan countryside is dominated by hills of chianti vines and olives, castle ruins, farms and a 14th century mill turned into an inn, for those interested to be surrounded only by the sounds and colors of nature.

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View of the country side with San Gimignano in the background, courtesy of the internet (unknown photographer)

Nearby, one can find the Villa Romana di Aiano and the Torraccia di Chiusi, which archaeologists have just recently been able to research. The villa was built in the late 3rd/early 4th century A.D, and witnesses various phases of occupation up to the 8th century. It is characterized by an “hexalobular” structure with a three-apse hall inside as seen in the aerial picture below. The villa appears to have been a metal, glass and gold, and pottery workshop.  Visit the University of Louvain website for more info.

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