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Church of San Francesco in Bonistallo

The church stands on a hill from which you can enjoy a beautiful view and on a clear day you can see the centre of Florence distinctly. The porch, rebuilt in 1793, rests on three sides supported by pillars, giving the building the appearance of a Marian Shrine. The eighteenth-century interior with a Latin cross has a single nave covered with barrel vaults. At the end of 16th century the church was built as oratory of the Company of stigmata and was readapted between 1770 and 1777.
The church took particular care of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany, who owned the nearby Medici Villa in ​​Poggio a Caiano. In the ancient church of Santa Maria Assunta in Bonistallo were buried
"in four jugs" the bowels of Francesco I de 'Medici and Bianca Cappello, who died at the villa, whose discovery has raised suspicion of their arsenic poisoning, a hypothesis, however, not confirmed by subsequent scientific studies.


  • Address: Via Bonistallo, 9, Bonistallo, Poggio a Caiano

  • Ticket: free entrance

  • GPX coordinates: 43.8201327,11.0458597