Administrative chief town of one of the largest territories in the province of Arezzo, Bucine has a territory full of natural and historical attractions, making it passage and obligatory itinerary for those who are looking for simple, traditional Tuscan style.
The name itself is a bearer of historical interest: commonly “bucine”, is a type of net used for fishing or hunting starlings and finches; therefore, not without reason, what the rampant lion, depicted in the emblem of the country, holds is precisely this object, presumably in relation to fishing activities along the river Ambra that crosses the road between Bucine and Levane.
Exactly the latter is one of the most representative places of the town, where old and new meet through the two bridges on the river: the most showy is certainly the railway bridge that since 1864 joints the line Florence-Rome ensuring an easy connection between the regional chief town and the provincial chief town (Arezzo); the other, more tastefully hidden among the river nature, and, unfortunately, damaged by time and events, survive through an ancient lonely arch, becoming a perfect place to throw the eye with a single glance on past and present.
Likewise, along Via Roma it is easy to notice the castle, old stronghold of the eleventh century that rises above the “new” built-up area, is mentioned by Vasari in describing the taking of the bishop Tarlati; subsequently a feud with concession for the benefit of the Vitelli family, later incorporated by civilian dwellings, today it becomes a must for admire the urban expansion from above and have a privileged view of squares, houses, gardens where the linden trees stand and the church of San Giovanni Battista, which with its capitals and paintings of the Florentine school is one of the places of worship with the highest artistic appeal of municipality. Pleasurable is also the route with which to get to the square where the parish stand, it immerses the passerby in a suggestive maze of narrow streets between stone and brick walls, enriched by roses, oleanders and caper plants.
Going to the discovery of the most evocative corners of the country, is customary end up in the main square of the town: “Piazza del Popolo” offers a unique glimpse of the “Palazzo Pretorio”, the town hall, bearing numerous coats of arms, striking in particular its adamantine white in sweet contrast with the “Vittoria Alata”, a bronze statue commemorating the fallen in the first great war.
The extension of the village of Bucine allows to admire from more points what is the typical Tuscan landscape, some example are: in the street “Via XXV Aprile” at the shade of linden is possible admire the sinuous curves and the soaring cypresses of the Tuscan countryside, in particular to a careful eye does not escape the shape of the Holm of Bellavista, which its horizontal growth and its dimension strike from any distance; or in nearby Perelli along an ancient white road it shows up a large space made of cultivated fields and woods in the distance, the 180° view is interrupted exclusively by the bewitching church of Santi Tiburzio and Susanna, a solitary building immersed in the quiet that even at the more unaware cannot remember a post station for tired travelers.
The liveliness of Bucine is confirmed by its municipal theater, which annually hosts interesting artistic seasons, but also by its many initiatives in terms of festivals and feasts that fill the country every year.
In the second week of May, the emblem of Bucine is honored with “Sagra della Trota”, festival where its guest of honor is none other than river fish, the trout, inspired by the ancient and widespread fish activity of the area, with typical dishes and fishing competitions for the little ones.
Still in May, during the last weekend, Bucine hosts “Festival delle Regioni”: it is the most important eno-gastronomic and folkloristic event of the municipality, in order to promote the territory through the support and spread of knowledge of its historical, cultural and agricultural landscape, in order to support the development of the territory and the handing down of local customs and traditions, here the numerous food stands from all over Italy give life to imaginative aromas coming from tasty dishes and drinks… All this is what happens during the days of “Festival delle Regioni”, where it is possible to visit the eno-gastronomic stands always ready to let know, and especially taste, food of their own land.
Festival of country origins, “La Vecchia Battitura del Grano” (“Old Wheat Beating”), which takes place in Perelli during the third weekend of July, will transport you into the most authentic rurality of Bucine: old memories and especially the ancient and genuine country cooking on which excel the recipes based on duck (in Tuscany called “nana”).
September is usually the month of “Perdoni” in Valdarno and Valdambra, in the third weekend it is the turn of Bucine, which has been able to unite the usual liturgical recurrence with a festival having as a key point a traditional country dish: “Sagra della Polenta”. In addition to offering all the usual attractions of this holiday, such as music, shows and handicrafts, in a spacious gastronomic stand is served polenta, simple but satisfying dish, flavored with meat sauce “like grandma did”.
Festival “rediscovered” through the memories of Bucine’s community, the first weekend of October takes place “Festa dell’Uva”, it represents a journey among the typical wine products of Valdambra’s territory: local customs, traditions and folklore compose what is a recurrence of knowledge and flavors enhancing the culture concerning the grape harvest and at the same time the opportunity to taste good local wine accompanied by homemade recipes at the base of which there is naturally the well-known fruit of Bacchus like in the Tuscan “Panello con l’Uva”.