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Scarperia in the Mugello area is one of the most beautiful little towns in Italy.

The town of Scarperia was founded in 1306 as a military outpost of the Florentine Republic thanks to its dominant position in the road system connectinpalazzo-vicarig Florence with the North.

This period saw the building of the 14th century, Palazzo dei Vicari, which symbolises the history of the place.

It was transformed into a stately mansion when Scarperia became the seat of the Vicariate of the Florentine Republic in 1415. On the facade and in the entrance hall, there are numerous coats of arms belonging to the Vicars who took part in local government; their tenure of office only lasted six months but when it finished they were obliged to leave their family coat of arms in the palazzo. Of particular interest are those in glazed terracotta from the Della Robbia workshops. Inside, we can admire the wonderful fresco from the school of Ghirlandaio, dated 1501, and the ancient bell tower clock, documented as being the work of Filippo Brunelleschi, which it is possible to visit.

A new part of the palazzo houses the Museo dei Ferri Taglienti (Knife Museum), which was established in 1999 and which documents, in its five thematic areas, the activities of the Scarperia cutlers over the centuries. This activity has been going on since the 15th century and Scarperia is still one of the most important centres of knife production in Europe. There are many cutlery workshops in the historic centre which continue this ancient traditional craft.

Every year, a "Mostra dei Ferri Taglienti" (knife exhibition) takes place in the Palazzo dei Vicari to promote this artisan trade, each edition in cooperation with  another centre of knife production on a global level.

Another relevant event is the so-called Infiorata: on the last sunday of May the streets and squares of the historical centre of Scarperia are decorated with pictures made with flowers following a specific theme. The pictures are created with the petals of the flowers, set in place with great patience and dedication by residents of all ages.

In the hamlet of Sant'Agata, a few kilometres from Scarperia, there is a parish church of the same name which is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in the Mugello region.


Published: 18/4/2018

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