|The rests of the Keep
and of the Main gate.
The rests of S.Leolino castle are in the council
of Londa, along the ancient road that connects the valley of the river
Mosca with the Casentino through the Consuma pass. The castle rises in
dominant position to the height of the suburb of Vierle.
The rests of the
The castle of S.Leolino rises on a hill of almost 600
meters high along the road that connects Londa to the fraction of Vierle,
in the valley of the river Moscia. In the Middle Age the whole zone was
fief of the counts Guidi of Battifolle. They erected more than a fortification
at control of the important communication road that from here brought
to the Casentino valley. Of all these castles S.Leolino is the one that
still preserve the most imposing rests of its medieval aspect, the others
are definitely disappeared or transformed in villas with no more traces
of the ancient fortifications. The presence of the fortress of S.Leolino
is testified since the year 1100 and its importance is confirmed by the
fact that it also gave the name to the surrounding county that was given
in fief from the Florentine Republic to the count Guido, child of the
count Ugo of Battifolle, in the year 1367.
|The curtain walls between the vegetation.
After the rebellion of the aforesaid count against Florence,
the area returned under the Florentine control and was placed under the
Vicariato of Poppi. Fearing a return of the defeated
family the castles of Vicorati and S.Leolino, the most important, were
destroyed in 1375 and it doesn't result have been subsequently readapted
for war purpose. The situation remained unchanged until the middle of
the 17th century, when the fief passed for law of succession to Ortensia
di Francesco Guadagni, that to administer the territory erected a building
at little distance from the castle, already in large part ruined.
|The access to the underground.
This building was then transformed in a villa from the
following owners Dufour-Berte. The ruins of the castle are very suggestive
and it's still possible to have a idea of its past power. Stupendous is
the powerful keep with polygonal form and beveled angles that still risen
between the remnants of the enclosure walls, it can be considered one
of the highest and rare examples of medieval fortification of such aspect.
The underground of the castle have been invaded by the water filtered
by a stratum, creating a kind of lake and increasing so the particularity
of the place. The legend wants that from here departed a tunnel dug in
the rock connected to the other near castles.
The area where the castle rises is private and fenced,
belonging to the lands of the aforesaid villa. The ruins are not free
visible, but it is possible to convince the farmer that has in care the
grounds to let you explore the evocative ruins.