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  • Borgo San Lorenzo is located close to the Apennines approximately 30km from the City of Florence. The town itself comes under the Mugello comune of the District of Florence, an area steeped in the history of the Medici Family.

  • Origins

    Origins
    The Roman community of Anneianum stood in the location of todays Borgo San Lorenzo. Following the departure of the Romans, the villagers renamed their town after the local church of San Lorenzo and the name has remained the same since.
    In the 13th Century, Borgo San Lorenzo played an important part in the negotiations between the supporters of the Empire – the Ghibellines – and the supporters of the Pope – the Guelphs. It was at the end of this Century that the town came under the control of Republic of Florence.
    As part of the town defences, the Florentine Republic fortified the town and established 4 entrances. Today, parts of two of the arched entrances are still visible – the Porta Fiorentina (Florentine Gate) and the Porta dell'Orologio (Gate of the Watch).
    The fortifications helped protect the town through the centuries, including repelling an attack by the French in 1527. The town did suffer some damage during World War II though.

  • Today in Borgo San Lorenzo

    Today in Borgo San Lorenzo
    In contrast to many other towns in the region, Borgo San Lorenzo does not solely rely on tourism. Because of its strategic importance close to main roads leading from Florence north, Borgo San Lorenzo has many office based industries to drive its economy.

  • Things to see

    Things to see
    The Parish Church of San Lorenzo (feast day 11th August) has origins dating back to 941 AD and the bell tower - still in use today – was added in 1263. Within the church you can see works of art by Giotto and Rosselli as well as ceramic art from the local producer Chini.

    The Museum of Ceramic Art is located within the 13th Century Villa Pecori Giraldi and celebrates ceramic works of art with Asian, Italian and Libertian influences created by the local artist and manufacturer, Chini. Visits to the Villa and the Museum are by appointment only. For information call +39 055 8457197

  • Free Guide Books/Bike Hire/Horse riding

    Free Guide Books
    Free guide books of the Mugello area are available to download:
    http://turismo.mugello.toscana.it/EN/info_guide.htm

    Bike Hire
    Bikes are available for hire through the Tourist Office located within the Villa Pecori Giraldi.

    Horse riding
    Blackhorse Riding School, Bivio San Martino.
    Individual and Group lessons available. The riding school has 2 fields – one sand and one grass
    Contact Carolina: +39 055 844449 or cell: +39 3475250139

  • Festivals and Events

    Festivals and Events

    The feast day of the patron saint of the town – San Lorenzo – takes place on 11th August and sees the town really come to life

    Mugello Marathon
    The oldest of the international marathons run in Italy, the Mugello marathon starts from Borgo San Lorenzo on the third Sunday of September.
    For information and entries:
    Tel: +39 055 8457277
    www.maratonamugello.it

    The International Mugello circuit
    The Mugello circuit first held a road race back in 1914 and has regularly held competitions since then. Now more famous as the home for the Italian Moto GP motorbike race, it is also the track where Ferrari regularly test their Formula 1 race cars.
    http://www.mugellocircuit.it/english/index.htm

    White Truffle exhibition and market
    This highly prized produce of Mugello is on sale and exhibition the third weekend of November at the Villa Pecori Giraldi
    Tel: +39 055 849661 or +39 055 8456230

    Weekly Market
    The Borgo San Lorenzo weekly market takes place every Tuesday morning.

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