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Porta dei Tintori

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In the year 1306 the Government of Siena, not being able to maintain a garrison of soldiers to defend Rapolano, thought to demolish its walls in several parts to dissuade the Ghibellines from seizing this important castle. The following year the Municipality of Siena contributed to building or rebuilding what was demolished the previous year. In the arch of the Tintori gate or door to Siena, beyond the Rapolano coat of arms, three coats of arms of the Comune of Siena, the year of execution, MCCCVII (1307) and the words "tempore notarii Pieri Pichonis", probably to the vicar sent by the Municipality of Siena.


The structure of this door is characterized by a square tower with an arched opening, surmounted by two travertine shelves, perhaps used to hold the plumbing. Next to it, on the left, the door is further defended by a round-shaped tower, probably from an earlier period. Inside the door you can see various buildings from the medieval period.


Among these, from 1680 until 1803 the noble building, leaning against the door, belonged to the noble Buoninsegni family, owner of the estate and the village of Poggio Santa Cecilia.


The Buoninsegni developed a flourishing dyeing activity in the grounds of this palace and the industrial census of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany in 1766 points out that in Rapolano every year they came from the Arezzo area: wool socks, spun wool, linen skeins, silk filaments and about 20,000 arms (= 11,600 meters) of different panels to be filled and dyed, thanks to the considerable quantity of water present in the territory.

This activity was so important that the ancient name of "Porta a Siena" was associated with that of "porta dei Tintori".

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