Since 943 acThe Origins

Campriano is a place of historical interest and has been known since as early as 943 ac. Campriano is a ‘castellare’ or rather a fortified village built on a previous Roman villa and even earlier on an Etruscan settlement. The structure today presents the two preserved city walls with their limestone ramparts and at the highest point the Romanesque church, consecrated and dedicated to San Giovanni Decollato.

Campriano was a village of freemen built on the road that joined Siena to the Maremma and connected to the nearby “Via Francigena”. The presence of the Sienese Tolomei and Spannocchi families, as well as the presence of the church, testify to its importance in the network of connections that Siena had with the surrounding towns.



In 1911 Paolo, of the Neri family from Murlo, acquired the entire property consisting of the fortified farm and surrounding land.

Paolo Neri and his son Dario (1895-1958), a painter, engraver and publisher, guided the company through the most difficult period of the 20th century. For their action in protecting at Campriano Jewish refugees during the Nazi occupation, they were awarded in 2013 the title of “Righteous Among the Nations”.

A place to meetArts, Culture and Science

Campriano has always been a meeting place for personalities in the fields of art, culture and science. Here Dario Neri has forged deep relationships, with the art critic Bernard Berenson, the painter Fabrizio Clerici, the writer Carlo Emilio Gadda.

Dario Neri also headed the “Istituto Sclavo” founded by his father-in-law Achille Sclavo to produce vaccines and serotherapeutics. Now the Istituto Sclavo Institute is part of the multinational GSK, while Achille Sclavo’s great-grandchildren are the founders of Philogen, a modern biotechnology company working in the field of monoclonal antibodies.


Modern TimesHeritage protection

Today, the same heirs continue their work to preserve and develop Dario Neri’s historical and cultural heritage in Campriano.

The Romanic church, still well-preserved and consecrated, often hosted concerts by students and masters holding courses at the prestigious “Accademia Chigiana” school of music in Siena during the summer.