The medieval centre of Paciano opens to the surrounding countryside by way of its three medieval gates or “porta”. Still today the gates serve as reference points, where people make appointments to meet or as landmarks for visitors.
The third and final entry point to the medieval centre is Porta Rastrella. It overlooks the ancient agricultural fields of the village, rural spaces that today can only be imagined. Above the gate is a walkway that connects Palazzo Cennini to the Rocca Buitoni. Above this is carved a rake and just below the French fleur de lis, or Florentine, which together made up the coat of arms of Charles I of Anjou; also visible is the date Anno Domini MCCC. From this point it is easy to spot the rural traces of the landscape which lead us to the Shrine of the Madonna della Stella (“Virgin Mary of the Star”). Just outside the Rastrella Gate we find “Le Fonti”.