San Polo

Visit San Polo, characterized by its pleasant position between Monte Masso (m.467) and Monte Muro (m.634). The village is famous in particular for its centuries old iris farming which extends as far as Poggio alla Croce, Reggello and many other villages in Tuscany. An International Iris Festival is held at San Polo each May; the rhizomes of this flower are exported all over the world and used in the manufacture of perfumes and cosmetics. The parish church of San Miniato in Rubbiana contains an old Gothic inscription commemorating the consacration of the church in 1077. San Polo can easily be reached from Florence by turning off the Via Chiantigiana at Grassina. The road eventually meets up with the Arno Valley.