Levane

A few kilometers from Bucine along the national road 69 we find a lively village and one of the largest hamlets of the Bucine’s municipality: it is Levane, today an urban reality of a certain solidity, in ancient times an important road junction crossed by the royal road of Arezzo.

Its core lives in Levane Alta, the original castle on whose heights, on the plain of Castelvecchio, stood the Castle of Leona, from which the place-name of Levane seems to derive.

Levane Alta, also, gave the birthplace to the known Italian poet and jurist Jacopo da Leona, whose sonnets are reported in numerous sources including the Vatican Code 3793, among these the most famous is an exchange of sentences in the form of dialogue with the title of “Madonna, di Voi Piango”.

 

« - Madonna, di voi piango e mi lamento,
ché m' ingannate, ond' io doglio sovente.
- Messere, ed io doglio che da voi cento
fiate sono ingannata malamente.
- Madonna, per voi ho pena e tormento
e dolor ne lo core e ne la mente.
- Messere, gioco è 'l vostro ver ch' eo sento;
per voi m' encende el foco tropp' ardente.
- Madonna, tutto avvèn per gelosia
per fin amare, ché ciascun ha doglia,
che teme di perder ciò c'ha 'n balia.
- Messere, quel che divenire soglia
agli amadori, più fra noi non sia:
ma ciò che l'uno vuol e l'altro voglia - »  

 

In addition to owning a resolute historical interest, the hill of Levane Alta allows a wide panoramic view on a portion of Valdarno, exceptional is the area of the hill of Monteleoni, where the Sanctuary of Santa Maria della Ginestra is located on the top: here it is possible to visit the place of worship whose numerous restorations have varied the classical plan and the style, leaving unchanged the beautiful fresco dating 13th century of “La Madonna con la Cintola”, or walking on the hillocks admiring the flora and the local landscape, including the low part of Levane that lends itself well to an accurate and refulgent look.

The hospitality of the place follows that of the past, of which we have numerous written chronicles including that of the well-known American poet Bayard Taylor, in fact here the past (Levane Alta) meets the present (the country developed around the river Ambra) where it is possible find archeological findings in close contact with recent business activities and a growing village both in terms of population and hospitality.

In the same way the nearby “Villa Migliarina”, dated 1826 with its large park and its harmonic architecture has become a receptive complex that offers the possibility to relive the old Tuscany in close contact with local wine products.