All the charm of an ancient Tuscan village 

A small stone hamlet of medieval origin that keeps alive the atmosphere and traditions of the past. Calamecca is located at 693 meters above sea level and stands out in the midst of a dense green forest, near the springs of the Pescia River and the woods of the Macchia Antonini. Here you can breathe in the times and traditions of the past in a welcoming atmosphere rich in history. A hamlet in the heart of the Pistoian mountains, all waiting to be discovered. The village trail passes through here.


The first news about Calamecca dates back to the early Middle Ages, when it is mentioned in a notarial deed preserved in the Pistoia Historical Archives. The village with its castle was destroyed several times. The first time was in 1182 by the militia of Pistoia, long opposed to the people of Calamecca: just look at the upside-down coat of arms of the city of Pistoia, which is walled on the wall of the bell tower of Calamecca. After overcoming struggles between Guelphs and Ghibellines, the village was again destroyed and rebuilt in 1335. In 1530 it welcomed condottiero Francesco Ferrucci, who stayed overnight here before his final battle of Gavinana.

What to see

To visit Calamecca is to plunge into another time. The ancient village, with its stone alleys, still preserves intact the medieval gate of the ancient castle. In the highest part of the village, however, is the church of San Miniato, bordered by a wonderful panoramic terrace. From here it is possible to enjoy the landscape over the lush valley and the village of Crespole. Calamecca also preserves an ancient fountain bearing the Medici coat of arms and an ancient washhouse. Also not to be missed is the Parco della Rimembranza, built in 1927 on an old cemetery and dedicated to the fallen soldiers of World War I. In 1967 a monument was placed in the center of the park to commemorate the fallen of World War II.

Church of San Miniato

This religious building is located at the top of the village, where the fortress once stood, surrounded by breathtaking views. The exterior of the church preserves the original Romanesque style. Inside it preserves 17th-century arches and columns with pietra serena capitals. However, most of the interior dates back to the 1700s, such as the Baroque altars and pietra serena confessionals. The church of San Miniato is reached by climbing an imposing stone staircase that leads to the highest part of the village.