According to Emanuele Repetti's words, written in 1833, Cennina is "a castle with the remains of a fortress, and an ancient parish church".Located atop a hill overlooking the Valdambra, the small hamlet of Cennina - whose existence is stated since AD 1000 - retains even older archaeological evidence - of Etruscan and Roman times.
According to Emanuele Repetti's words, the village of Cennina is "a castle with the remains of a fortress and an ancient parish church". Cennina stands atop a hill.
There is no evidence regarding Cennina castle before 1000 AD but it is very likely that this area had been inhabited well before, as pointed out by the toponymy and by the several archaeological findings that have been made in the area.
The fortification works of the hamlet took place in 1167, when emperor Frederick of Swabia bestowed upon the nobleman Brandaglio Alberico d’Uguccione the feudal rights over Cennina.
Given its favourable position, that is dominating the valley below, whoever comes nowadays to visit the village would have difficulty in believing to the chronicles, which impart the memory of countless skirmishes and fiery battles to secure possession of this castle.
As of today a few – if any – parts of the ancient, imposing walls remain to testify about the warlike past of this pleasant village, whose tranquil atmosphere is interrupted, every now and then, by the rustling of birds or by the whistling wind among the trees.
The atmosphere becomes even more fascinating at nightfall, when the sun slips beyond the hill crests, and the castle plunges into silence, solitary sentinel against a now forgotten enemy.