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The Tree of Love in Lucignano

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The Tree of Love in Lucignano

Lucignano is a pretty medieval village in Tuscany, halfway between Siena and Arezzo. But what's so special about it in comparison to other villages in the region? That’s easily answered. It enshrines a true jewel: the Tree of Love, also known as the Golden Tree or Tree of Life. Housed in the Municipal Museum of Lucignano, it is considered a true masterpiece of the art of Gothic jewellery. It is a precious reliquary in the shape of a tree, decorated with enamels, coral and crystals.

According to an ancient local tradition, over the years the Golden Tree supposedly became to be known as the Tree of Love or Tree of Life specifically because it brings good luck to lovers. It is no coincidence that, still to the present day, loving couples promise each other love and eternal fidelity in front of the Tree.

From an artistic and religious point of view, the Tree of Lucignano is the only tree-shaped shrine in the world: just think that it took 121 years to make it! Initially built by Ugolino di Vieri in 1350, it was completed in 1471 by the famous Siena-hailed goldsmith Gabriello d'Antonio. A large base supports a small Gothic temple with the trunk of the Tree, from which 12 branches span out with vine leaves and small shrines. Some of the smaller branches are made in red coral, in memory of the blood spilled by Jesus in order to generate new life.

At its top we find a crucifix and a pelican who pecks at its chest to feed its youngs with its own blood, another representation that references the act of love accomplished by Christ the Savior towards humanity.

If you have the opportunity to be around Arezzo, we suggest you go see it in person, maybe along with your partner ... you never know, they might propose to you! If you are not yet ready for this step but are none the less deeply in love with each other, our 'Romantic Florence' tour is just the thing for you. You will discover the most famous and spicy love stories that were unfolded in the splendid setting of the Tuscan capital!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff

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