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San Francesco Museum - Greve in Chianti

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Housed in the premises of the former convent of San Francesco, the museum houses an important collection of paintings, sculptures, vestments and sacred furnishings that testify to the historical relevance and artistic vitality of the territory of Greve in Chianti.

The Monastery of San Francesco was built in the first half of the sixteenth century for the friars of Santa Croce in San Casciano, on a hill at the beginning of the old road that led from the market of Greve to the castle of Montefioralle. It was actually a Hospice that welcomed the Franciscans on their way between Florence and Siena and also housed the begging friars from the Greve region. After the suppression campaign of 1866, the Franciscans definitively left the building, which served as a prison until 1927 and was therefore intended as a civilian residence. An agreement between the Municipality of Greve in Chianti and the Diocese of Fiesole initiated the project for the construction of a museum which, since 2002, has been intended to house sacred artifacts from the churches in the area.

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