Bike Touring Highlight
The village of Pratovalle rises to 566 m a.s.l. in a valley near the Pratomagno massif, almost sheer below the mountain village of Anciolina. It can be reached by diverting to San Giustino Valdarno from the Setteponti provincial road, which with its 50 km from Reggello leads to Arezzo.
The territory on which the village stands is high on the hill, characterized by chestnut, downy and black hornbeam woods and by the Agna di Pratovalle stream, which slightly further downstream gives rise to the so-called "trogòni", characteristic interconnected basins dug into the rock by the action of water.
In the twelfth century the area was the extreme offshoot of the Guicciardo da Loro family.  Subsequently, the geographer Emanuele Repetti notes that Pratovalle gives "the name to a parish church (S. Lucia in Prato-Valle) in the plover of S. Giustino" and that "the abbey of S. Trinita in the Alps was dominated in the Middle Ages , called Fonte blessed ».
A writing of 6 July 1540 made in the monastery of Santa Trinità in Alpe testifies to the construction of the mill in Pratovalle: the abbot Don Guido attributed to the rector of the church of Santa Maria di Faeto «the use of the water and the bank of the Agna stream to build a mill belonging to the aforementioned church ".  The mill appears to have been restored in 1682, according to the records of the municipality of Anciolina to which Pratovalle belonged from the 16th century onwards; in 1710 it was managed by Antonio Forzoni, owner of the homonymous building in Casamona, who had the new millstones chiseled at his expense.  The mill remained active until the 1940s. The Second World War caused a lot of damage in Pratovalle: the roof of the church of Santa Lucia was destroyed, almost the whole town burned down and the house in the Piazzetta della Vecchia Compagnia was destroyed, of which the remains remain. The parish priest of Pratovalle, Don Dante Ricci, was shot in July 1944 by the Germans because he offered himself in place of a partisan
January 25, 2020
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