Located on the hill which still today dominates the city, the San Lorenzo Priory with its bell tower recalls its ancient use as a castle for defence purposes. It is one of the oldest buildings of Montelupo Fiorentino. In fact the Florentine Republic ordered the fortress to be built in 1204 to control the Arno valley and only in 1270 was it transformed into a church.
Only the lower facade of the bell tower remains from the original building where it is possible to see first sketches in chalk stone and traces of the frescoes of Corso di Buono which depict Christ amongst the Cherubs and the Miracle of Saint Giovanni the Evangelist, dating from 1284.
From the terrace opposite the church it possible to enjoy a stunning view of the surrounding countryside.