The auction opens on April 22, 2010 (Italy Mystery Auction)
The auction is featured on the LL homepage and is availiable for everyone to view. There will be clues throughout the duration of the auction to let you know the location of the property. So check this forum in the Community throughout the next few days to learn more!
BARBERINO DI MUGELLO:Situated in the torrent Stura valley, Barberino is one of the nine municipal districts in the Mugello valley.
This town was born in the Middle Ages, a period of fights for the conquest of the economical power. For long years it has been a very active center for the commercial life of the whole valley. The name "Barberino" comes from the coat of arms of the Cattani family from Combiate, which at that time were the Lords of these places, carved on an architrave in their castle, representing a man with three beards.
When Barberino became a part of the florentine district in 1313, its importance grew; the town lived the period of its greatest splendour in the 15th century under the Medici, whose residences are located on the whole area and are still visitable. Many other governant followed each other at the guide of this town, until it assumed its actual aspect of district of the province of Florence .
So, today the land of this district is spangled of castles, churches, pievi and historical buildings, which it is possible to visit: theVilla Cafaggiolo, one of the many medicean residences; theVilla of the Masks, originally built at the end of the 16th century by Bettini family and rebuilt in the 18th century by the Gerini, unfortunatelly today it is not visitable because of its structure conditions; theAbbey of S. Maria a Vigesimo, founded in the 11th century and renovated many times, and many other places of historical and artistical interest.
The artistic patrimony is not the only richness of Barberino because, as all the other towns in Mugello, it has a great number of wonderful natural resources: what about organizing a nice trip along the torrent Stura or a relaxing afternoon on the banks of theLake Bilancino, center of the major events in Barberino?The choice is up to you!