Things to see in Panzano Posted By: Jack Benson Panzano in Chianti Things to do in PanzanoInteresting things to see and do at Panzano in Chianti The name of the town of Panzano is of Roman origin but the settlement is older since Etruscan finds have been made in the neighbourhood. The first documentary evidence for the existence of Panzano dates from the 11 C, when the development of the “borgo”, the village around the castle, took place. The castle stands on a ridge separating the Val di Greve from the Val di Pesa, exactly halfway between Florence and Sienna, between which cities Panzano was always a source of contention. The castle is now private, but the courtyard and the surroundings can be visited, and the houses along the downhill road have a mediaeval character. There are some remnants of the old Roman paved roads, the senice, which are still in use. Panzano’s churches are definitely worth a visit: Church of Santa Maria (Santa Maria Assunta) Church of Santa Maria Assunta at Panzano in Chianti The Church of Santa Maria, which stands next to the castle, was completely rebuilt in the 19 C on the site of an ancient church, but it possesses a small 14 C Siennese Madonna and Child attributed to Botticini. In the oratory through the little door to the right of the nave is an Annunciation attributed to Michele di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio. More about the Church of Santa Maria in Panzano in Chianti. Pieve di San Leolino The facade of the Pieve di San Leolino a Panzano The Romanesque Pieve (parish church) of San Leolino is probably of 8 C origin and was completely rebuilt in the 12 C in Romanesque style. Inside there is a beautiful 14 C cloister, as well as a 13 C alterpiece (Meliore di Jacopo), a 15 C triptych by the “Maestro di Panzano” and two glazed tabernacles attributed to Giovanni della Robbia. There are no regular opening hours but try ringing at the Church. More about the Pieve of San Leolino at Panzano in Chianti. Oratory of Saint Euphrosynus Oratorio di Sant’Eufrosino at Panzano in Chianti The Oratory of Saint Euphrosynus (Sant’Eufrosino), a local saint, was the destination of pilgrimages during the Middle Ages. The church was completely rebuilt in 1441 in the Gothic style. It has a chapel with a little Romanesque altar, which probably belonged to the previous oratory. The church is open only for concerts and exhibitions, but nevertheless it is always worth walking down to the oratory or around it, since it is located in a really beautiful place, in middle of the so-called “Conca d’Oro”, the golden basin of Panzano. More about the Oratory of Sant’Eufrosino. San Leolino and the Oratory are located some distance out of Panzano and you reach them by walking or driving south along the Via Chiantigiana. After passing the last houses, you turn left and go uphill to San Leolino. A short distance further on, to your right, there is a sign indicating the way downhill to Sant’Eufrosino.