Abbadia San Salvatore

Abbey of Sant'Antimo

Albarese

Acquapendente


anghiari

Archipelago Toscano


Arcidosso


Arezzo


Asciano


Badia di Coltibuono


Bagni San Filippo

Bagno Vignoni

Barberino Val d'Elsa

Beaches

Bolsena Lake


Bomarzo

Brunello di Montalcino

Buenconvento

Campagnatico


Capalbio


Castel del Piano


Castelfiorentino

Castell'Azarra

Castellina in Chianti


Castelmuzio


Castelnuovo Bererdenga


Castiglioncello Bandini


Castiglione della Pescaia


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Castiglion Fiorentino


Celleno


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Chinaciano Terme


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Città di Castello

CivitÀ di Bagnoregio


Colle Val d'Elsa


Cortona


Crete Senesi


Diaccia Botrona

Isola d'Elba

Firenze


Follonica


Gaiole in Chianti


Gavorrano

Gerfalco


Greve in Chianti


Grosseto


Lago Trasimeno


La Foce


Manciano


Maremma


Massa Marittima


Montagnola Senese


Montalcino


Monte Amiata


Monte Argentario

montecalvello

Montefalco


Montemassi


Montemerano


Monte Oliveto Maggiore


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Monteriggioni


Monticchiello


Monticiano


Orbetello


Orvieto


Paganico


Parco Naturale della Maremma


Perugia


Piancastagnaio


Pienza


Pisa


Pitigliano

Prato

Radda in Chianti


Roccalbegna


Roccastrada


San Bruzio


San Casciano dei Bagni


San Galgano


San Gimignano


San Giovanni d'Asso


San Quirico d'Orcia


Sansepolcro


Santa Fiora


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Sarteano


Saturnia


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Scarlino


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Trequanda


Tuscania


Umbria


Val d'Elsa


Val di Merse


Val d'Orcia


Valle d'Ombrone


Vetulonia


Viterbo

Volterra




 
Walking in Tuscany
             
 
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Massa Marittima, situated between Follonica and Siena, rises on a hill that dominates the plain of the riversPecora, Zanca and Noni. The panorama from the Sienese Fortre), built in the 13th-14th centuries, embraces all the gulf of Follonica, comprising the islands of Elba and Montecristo.


  View from Castle Monteregio

album Surroundings
       
   

Massa Marittima


   
   
Massa Marittima, a small but delightful centre of art is situated in the Maremma region, and set amongst the Colline Metallifere. The town is surrounded by the typical Maremma countryside. In its historic centre, the ancient alleyways intertwine, climbing steeply to the evocative upper quarter, from where you can enjoy a stupendous view out over the valley as far as the sea.
Main sights include the wonderful Cathedral of San Cerbone, the Palazzo Comunale, the Palazzo del Podestà, home to the Archaeological Museum, and the Fonti dell’Abbondanza (Fountains of Abundance) with their famous fresco.
In May, Massa Marittima returns to the Middle Ages for the biannual Balestro del Girifalco (Falcon Crossbow Contest).
On the second Sunday in August the town of Gavorrano holds a costumed medieval festival, the Salto della Contessa, a historic recreation of the fascinating legend of Pia dei Tolomei, wife of Nello Pannocchieschi, who was said to have been killed in the Pietra castle in the countryside of Gavorrano under the orders of her husband.


Massa Marittima, situated between Follonica and Siena, rises on a hill that dominates the plain of the rivers Pecora, Zanca and Noni. The panorama embraces all the gulf of Follonica, comprising the islands of Elba and Montecristo.
Massa Marittima is a interesting medieval town rich of many artistic evidences. Of probable Etruscan origin, the city conserves many monuments of its more prosperous period. The city is subdivided in three parts, the low part (or old city) where predominate the Romanesque style and the high part (or new) but founded in 13th and 14th centuries and the Borgo.
Piazza Garibaldi, considered one of the most mature examples of medieval urban Tuscany, where almost all of the major civil and ecclesiastical monuments stand out: the Duomo, one of the most refined sacred buildings of Tuscany, the Palazzo Pretorio and Palazzo Communale.

The visit can begin from Piazzale Mazzini, where is a comfortable payment parking, here is the Palace of Abundance (1265) characterized from three ogival arches. Soon we enter one of the most beautiful public squares of Tuscany, the Garibaldi square, with many medieval buildings and the most important and beautiful monument of Massa Marittima, the Cathedral. The Duomo, dedicated to San Cerbone, is one of the most beautiful examples of the Romanesque-gothic architecture. The construction turns out raised on a podium with stairs and is arranged diagonally regarding the rest of the square.
The facade in two orders surmount from a gable. Beautiful it's also the relief of the architrave of the doorway with episodes of the life of San Cerbone. The inside in three apse is supported from columns in travertine with fine carved corinthian capitals. The inner contro-facade brings traces of frescoes of centuries 13th-14th, while the rose-window is decorated by a stained glass window with the image of San Cerbone in front of Pope Vigilio (14th century). In the Cathedral are interesting works of art, between which are (at the beginnig of right aisle) the baptistry in travertine of 1267 with reliefs of the life of San Cerbone and the New Testament, work of Giroldo da Como next it's a stoup in marble of 13th century; in the transept it's the Chapel of the Crocifisso with a crucifix probable work of Segna di Bonaventura (13th century); under the apse it's the Arca of San Cerbone, a urn in marble with high reliefs executed from Goro di Gregorio in 1324; in the left transept is the Chapel of the Madonna with a altar-piece representing the Madonna delle Grazie (1316) attributed to Duccio da Buoninsegna.

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The Museum of Sacred Art opened in 2005 and is based in the church of San Pietro all’Orto, the most ancient church in Massa Marittima. The ancient Church of San Pietro all’Orto is located in the upper area of Massa Marittima’s historical centre. Facing onto Corso Diaz, it is part of a larger medieval architectural complex in which can also be found a convent, with a cloister, of the same name and the Church of St. Augustine. The Museum currently displays pieces from the cathedral and other churches in town, witnessing the attention paid to religion in the past, including vestments and church plates and funeral findings. Inside are frescoes of the Sienese school dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries and an interesting 13th century painting depicting La Madonna col Bambino (The Madonna with Child). In the adjoining convent, you can now find the largest museum in Massa Marittima, consisting of the Martini Collection, the Museum of Mechanics and the Museum of Holy Art. Housed in this last museum, among numerous medieval masterpieces, is the splendid tablet of the Maestà by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, painted specifically for the Church of San Pietro all’Orto.

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Duomo, dedicated to San Cerbone

Madonna delle Grazie, attributed to Duccio di Buoninsegna

In front to the left side of the Cathedral is the Palazzo del Vescovado, rebuilt in 1914, on an angle of the palace is a column with a wolf (1474), symbol of Siena, that it was used for posting of the proclamations. In front of the facade of the Cathedral it's the beautiful Palazzo Pretorio built in 1230 like residence of the podestà, of which conserve, on the facade, numerous coats of arms, today it's used as Archaeological museum, coming down to the right of Palazzo Pretorio we reached the medieval building of the Mint, where in 14th century the Municipality of Massa Marittima minted their own coins, not far is the San Bernardino Gate and the Salnitro Gate of the Town walls. Returning in the Garibaldi square continuing to right of Palazzo Pretorio are in order: the House of Conti di Biserno (13th century), the Municipal Palace (14th century) in travertine with inside beautiful frescoes of 16th century. In front of the Municipal Palace it's the Loggia del Mercato, a reconstruction of 19th century. Other interesting building in the low part of the city are the former church of San Michele, today center of the Municipal Library, and in the vicinities the San Rocco Gate (13th century).
 

Ambrogio Lorenzetti,
Maestà in the
convent San Pietro all'Orto


Continuing from the Loggia del Mercato in the via Moncini, we reach after a steep climb the Porta alla Silici (14th century), past this gate is the Matteotti square, center of the New City, here are some works of fortification like the Torre del Candeliere, rest of the old fortress built in 1228 and joined in 1337 to the Senese Fortress from an impressive arc. The big Fortress Senese, the Cassero Senese, built from 1335 have been partially demolished (1744 and then 1845) but it's still remain an important construction. In the square it's also the Palazzo delle Armi (1443), in the vicinities is the San Francesco Gate, with a beautiful part of the town walls, and then beyond is the Romanesque-gothic church of San Francesco (13th century) and the San Rocco Gate. The Romanesque-gothic church Sant'Agostino (beginning of 14th), with the annexed convent San Pietro all'Orto that has a beautiful cloister (12th-13th century), is recently restored. It houses the Museum of Sacred Art, where is exposed the Maestà of Ambrogio Lorenzetti. More ahead is the convent of the Clarisse (13th century).


Museo d'Arte Sacra di S.Pietro all'Orto

The Sacred Art Museum is housed in the convent of San Pietro all’Orto, built by the Augustinians in the fourteenth century; it is adjacent to the church that dates back to the XII-XIII centuries and overlooks a beautiful cloister featuring the columns and capitals that characterized the original structure.

The ‘Maestà’ by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, created as an altarpiece for the church of San Pietro all’Orto was rediscovered in the monastery’s cellars during the late nineteenth century and identified as a work by Lorenzetti thanks to writings by Vasari. A room in the museum hosts the reconstruction of a loggia from the Duomo’s facade with original sculptures by Giovanni Pisano, removed during their restoration in 2000. In another room, one can find beautiful and interesting medieval relief works, placed on the Duomo’s counter facade in the mid-nineteenth century. These probably came from a more ancient sacred building.

Museo d'Arte Sacra di S.Pietro all'Orto, Corso Diaz 36
Opening hoursfrom April to October, 10am to 1pm and 3pm to 6pm; November to March, 11am to 1pm and 3pm to 5pm; closed Mondays

The Tree of Fertility | The Albero della Fecondità


The Albero della Fecondità is a peculiar fresco found on one of the walls of the Fonti dell’Abbondanza in Massa Marittima’s Piazza del Duomo. The building itself is located on Via Ximenes to the left of the Duomo, as you walk out of the piazza towards the city walls. It was the original site of the city’s water supply and was built in 1265.

Located inside one of Massa Marittima’s main public fountains, the Fonte dell’Abbondanza, the Tree of Fertility consists of a sizeable tree that spans the rear left wall and is fanked (and framed) by the structural supports of the vault. Unquestionably, the tree’s most extraordinary attributes are the twenty-five large phalli with accompanying testicles suspended from branches in a reasonably symmetrical arrangement. Below the branches stand eight female figures together with a ninth, indiscernible body; two figures are consumed in a heated dispute over a phallus, tugging at one another’s hair. Some stand complacent in soft discussion, while another frantically combs the tree for a phallus, all under the auspices of hovering eagles curiously reminiscent of an emblem employed by a political faction.[1]

 

  Fonti dell’Abbondanza
Fonti dell’Abbondanza
The “Tree of Fertility” on a large wall of the building housing the public fountain called the Fonti dell’Abbondanza at Massa Marittima, fresco,1276-1300


A closer, more formal inspection of the Mural reveals a myriad of information. A finely executed tree, with a structural resemblance to a fig tree, occupies most of the Mural’s visual field. The tree’s branches support twenty-five budding phalli with testicles, quite literally signifying the fruit of the tree, juxtaposed with dark, spherical,fruit-like forms. The phalli act as a visual device corresponding to the silhouette of the wall inset (and geometrical painted brick frame), tracing a curvilinear path for the eye to follow. The tree accentuates pictorial harmony and balance by means of its trunk and lower branches; both demarcate a clear horizontal and vertical axis. The latter, delineated by the tree trunk, may offer considerable insight into the distinctive shift between the behaviour of the figures in the left and in the right sections. Eight (and possibly nine) discernable female figures, dressed in medieval garb, stand below the tree. On the far left, a female figure in navy blue appears to be clutching a small black rope lassoed to a foating phallus; another figure, cladin yellow ochre, prods at a branch with a stick or may even be pulling the branchwithin her reach with a rope. To the right of this figure, two female figures, locked in ferocious combat, wrench each other’s hair.[1]


 

 

The unusual 13th century Tree of Fertility fresco was discovered by chance and has recently been subjected to a three-year restoration. According to Gabriele Galeotti the restorers have compromised the authenticity of the fresco. 'The work was intended as a symbol of fertility with the penises being crucial to the intention of the art but now these have been removed and the message is therefore no longer there.
'We intend to make a formal complaint to the local prosecutor so that he can open an investigation into this disrespectful slaughter of an artistic work. There was obviously no intention to respect the original artist.' [2]


Art in Tuscany | The Tree of Fertilit in Massa Marittima

Galleria delle Fonti dell’Abbondanza, Piazzale Mazzini Massa Marittima



 




Comune Massa Marittima
Museums

Musei di Massa Marittima
Informazioni |Musei Massa Marittima, piazza Garibaldi, Tel. 0566.902289

      Museo Archeologico, piazza Garibaldi
      Museo di Arte e Storia delle Miniere, piazza Matteotti
      Museo di Arte Sacra, Complesso Museale di S. Pietro all'Orto, Corso Diaz 36
      Centro Espositivo di Arte Contemporanea Collezione "Martini", Complesso Museale di S.Pietro all'Orto, Corso Diaz 36
      Museo degli Organi Meccanici Antichi della Fondazione Santa Cecilia, Complesso Museale di S.Pietro all'Orto, Corso Diaz 36
      Antico Frantoio, via Populonia
      Museo della Miniera, via Corridoni
      Antica Falegnameria, vicolo Massaini
      Torre del Candeliere e Fortilizio Senese, piazza Matteotti

Convento e chiesa di Sant'Agostino di Massa Marittima e Chiesa di San Pietro all'Orto (it)



[1] Source :Matthew Ryan Smith, Reconsidering the ‘Obscene’: The MassaMarittima Mural, Queen’s Journal of Visual & Material Culture, Issue 2, 2009 | www.academia.edu
[2] , The ‘Tree of Fertility’ Mural Is Restored, But Missing Its Phallic Images, www.newsfeed.time.com




Wine in Tuscany | Strada del Vino Monteregio di Massa Marittima

The best-known DOC wine here and the one that is most readily available is Morellino di Scansano, a dry, fragrant, medium-bodied red. Morellino is the local name for the Sangiovese grape around the town of Scansano. The most widely available Morellino di Scansano wines in the United States include Moris Farms, Fattoria Le Pupille and Massa Vecchia.

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Piazza Garibaldi, Duomo



Massa Marittima’s Balestro del Girifalco

Massa Marittima returns to the Middle Ages for the biannual Balestro del Girifalco (Falcon Crossbow Contest)), one of the biggest and most impressive festivals in Southern Tuscany. The a festival was first held in the early years of the 14th century. Today it is one of the biggest and most impressive festivals in Southern Tuscany.
The Balestro del Grifalco (Gyrfalcon Archery) in Massa Marittima takes place twice a year: on the fourth Sunday in May and then on August 14th. 

The Balestro del Girifalco is a test of skill, speed and strength as 24 men battle for the glory of their terzieri. At the hands of the Società dei Terzieri Massetani, Massa Marittima is decked out in cloth banners and bright-coloured flags. Some are white, red and green for Cittanuova, some are white, black and yellow for Cittavecchia and others still are gold, blue and red for Borgo.
These are the colours of the terzieri, the ancient quarters of Massa Marittima that will compete during the festival.

Tradizioni popolari della provincia di Grosseto | Il Balestro del Girifalco

 

Balestro Girifalco
     
Lupa 2743

Lupa, Piazza del Duomo, Massa Marittima [1]


 
   

Piazza Garibaldi, Palazzo Comunale

 

Surroundings
Campiglia Marittima

 
Campiglia Marittima, maintains intact many aspects of the medieval town. The built-up area is dominated by the Castle, built perhaps between the 8th and 9th centuries but then rebuilt between the 12th and 13th centuries.
A part of the medieval walls is still visible, and the North Gate and the Florentine (or St Anthony) Gate are original of the era, decorated with the stone coats of arms of Pisa, Florence, Campiglia and of the Gherardesca counts.

In the perfectly preserved centre, the Palazzo Pretorio has preserved its ancient austerity, bearing on its facade the coats of arms of the Captains who gave up their power from the Pisan period to the Florentine period. Inside the palace can still be seen the so-called torture chamber, that is, the room in which prisoners used to be tortured. Precisely on the left side of the Praetorian Palace opens up a wider part among the most interesting in the historic centre of Campiglia, with stone edifices with small balconies and outside staircases, medieval arches and narrow alleys.
Lower down there is the beautiful Concordi theatre of the nineteenth century.

A short distance form the Florentine Gate is the Church of St Anthony, founded in the Middle Ages but remodelled during the following centuries.

The most interesting church in Campiglia is located a short distance from the built-up area, on the road that leads to Venturina. The Pieve di S. Giovanni, the parish church of St John, clearly Romanesque in style, was founded in 1163 and retains a lovely 12th-century altar. Outside on a lateral flank of the church there is a beautiful portal with the architrave decorated with a hunting scene from the end of the 12th century. Legend has it that the birth of the parish church can be traced back to the discovery of the mortal remains of St Florentius. Hotly contested between the inhabitants of Campiglia and those of Piombino, the remains were laid out on a cart drawn by oxen. The oxen set off towards Campiglia, and stopped in the exact place where today the parish church rises. The body of the saint is conserved at present inside the Church of St Laurence, the parish church of Campiglia.

The Etruscan vestiges in the territory of Campiglia Marittima can be traced back to the territory currently included in the Parco Archeominerario di San Silvestro. The fortified village of San Silvestro, between Campiglia and San Vincenzo, was founded in the 10th century.

The castle of Rocca di San Silvestro (5 km outside the village San Silvestro) isa unique example of a mine village, and probably dates back to a pre - medieval period. It is possible to see the village's city plan of Roman type, with an industrial area, the church, the iron mine. The Fortress is the center of the Parco Archeominerario di San Silvestro.


Villa Lanzi is a 16th Century building (1556), commissioned by Cosimo I De Medici, to house the miners of Germanic origin, called to Italy to work in the mines of the Campigliese.
The Villa, situated next to Palazzo Gowett in the Valle Lanzi area, overlooks the Rocca di San Silvestro, and today it represents the Documentation Gathering and Conservation Centre relevant to the studies, research and the projects involving the territory of the Val di Cornia, with particular reference to the System of the Parks.
I Parchi della Val di Cornia

Suvereto

 


Campiglia Marittima, Pieve di S. Giovanni


Monterotondo Marittimo

Suvereto is an evocative medieval village with its circuit of walls still intact, situated but a short distance from the Etruscan city of Populonia and about 11 km northeast of Campiglia Marittima. This small village in the Maremma experienced its golden age during the 13th century.
The Palazzo Comunale (or Town Hall) is one of the most important examples of medieval civic architecture in the Maremma. The town hall dates to the beginning of the 13th century, although its present structure is the result of various reinterpretations over the centuries of the original model.
The Rocca Aldobrandesca, situated at the highest point of the village, facing north, dates as early as 973. The castle has undergone many transformations over the centuries. Currently the castle is made up of three parts: the ruins of the ancient tower (built around 1164), four stories with intermediate floors and the remains of the surrounding walls.
The convento di San Francesco was built in 1286 and played an important role in community life until its Napoleonic suppression in 1808, after which it was gradually reconverted into a structure for civic use. Today the splendid cloister remains, comprised of a portico with Roman-style arches.
The Church of the Crocifisso, flanking the Convent of St Francis, the church of the Holy Cross, was erected in the 16th century to preserve and honor the image of the patron saint, i.e. the crucifix, where it is still kept today: a wood carving attributed to Domenico dei Cori dating to 1420.
The very ancient parish chiesa di San Giusto has a lovely Romanesque-style portal which is surmounted by a lunette and a lintel decorated with floral motifs.

The local landscape – rich in cork oak, olive groves and vines – mirrors a local economy rooted in agriculture, forestry and stock-rearing. The cork oak itself – in Italian sughero, and in the local dialect suvero – gave rise to the name of the village.

The Park of Montioni is a a true island of green hills set around the hamlet of the same name. The slopes of Monte Calvi and the area around Montioni are almost entirely covered by woodland and scrub. These latter are highly valued environments for they are remarkably rich in numerous species of flora and fauna. In particular this is true of the extensive area around Montioni, which in recent years has become a Provincial Park, where paths and bridleways snake amongst natural resources and archaeological remains, making it a paradise for trekking.
Entry to the Park is free of charge, and the paths are easily covered on foot, by bicycle or on horseback.
The Park of Montioni can be reached on the via provinciale di Montioni, which begins immediately after the bridge over the Cornia on the road for Monterotondo Marittimo.


Links

Comune Suvereto
I Parchi della Val di Cornia
Parco Nazionale Tecnologico e Archeologico delle Colline Metallifere Grossetane

 


Suvereto, cloistro

 

 

 

Suvereto,  chiesa di San Giusto
 Chiesa di San Giusto 

 chiesa di San Giusto
Chiesa di San Giusto, façade

Monterotondo Marittimo rises in the valley extending along the right bank of the Milia torrent. Among the most important monuments to see in Monterotondo Marittimo we point out the Santuario della Madonna del Frassine, the remains of the Medieval fortifications and a geothermic park, Parco delle Biancane (Park of the Biancane).

As evidence of its origins, the ruins of the ancient stronghold are still visible and, outside the town, one finds the characteristic church of Santa Croce, which dates back to the late Roman period, on the peak of Monte Croce.
Even though the structure has undergone numerous changes, the church of San Lorenzo Martire (St. Lawrence the Martyr), rising in the high part of the town, is still of interest. Inside is a valued 14th-century painting, representing a Madonna col Bambino (Madonna and Child) ascribed to the school of Duccio da Boninsegna.

The remains of the ancient Rocchette dei Pannocchieschi Castle are located in the forests that extend from Massa Marittima to Monterotondo Marittimo. The settlement was founded around the 12th century, as desired by the Volterra Bishop and the Pannocchieschi counts. The castle, located at the top of the hill, was surrounded by walls that enclosed the village. Many of the village’s buildings were constructed at the beginning of the 1300s, when the City of Massa Marittima acquired the control of the castle and the area’s mineral resources. Outside the castle walls, buildings were erected for metallurgical production.
The site was abandoned in the first half of the 15th century and is now a very suggestive place. From the highest point of the ancient fortifications you can enjoy a marvellous panorama, spanning from Massa Marittima to Campiglia Marittima, as far as Elba Island.
Near Monterotondo Marittimo, the medieval Sanctuary of Frassine is one of the few churches in the Maremma dedicated to the Holy Virgin and it can be reached with a beautiful walk.

 
The fame of Gavorrano is connected with the poet Dante Alighieri, who in his Divina Commedia told the story of the Pia de´Tolomei who was shut in Castel di Pietra and eventually killed by the husband Nello Pannocchieschi, who wanted to marry Margaret Aldobrandeschi.
On the second Sunday in August the town of Gavorrano holds a costumed medieval festival called the Salto della Contessa, a historic recreation of this fascinating legend.
Seen as one of the most curious events held in Tuscany, the Salto della Contessa reconstructs the legendary death of Pia dei Tolomei.

The first records of the town of Gavorrano date back to the 9th century even though it is certain that, in the past, it had been an important centre for minerals, the old mines of Ravi and Gavorrano itself bearing witness to this.
Gavorrano was founded in the 11th century as a possession of the Bishop of Roselle, and later of the Alberti, the Pannocchieschi and the Republic of Siena. In the 16th century it became part of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. In 1898 here was discovered one of the largest mines of pyrite in Europe. Today, the mines are out of use and have been incorporated into the Gavorrano Naturalistic Mining Park, where you can find the delle Rocce Theatre, a large open-air space which is the venue for cultural events.
Things to see here are the Church of San Giuliano which preserves a marble statue of the Madonna with the child dating from 1300 and the Santissimo Sacramento Oratory. In this corner of the Maremma area, it is possible to admire the unique scenery composed of medieval villages and castles such as the Rocca di Castel di Pietra fortress.
The municipality of Gavorrano contains the frazioni Bagno di Gavorrano, Caldana, and Filare.

Parco Nazionale Tecnologico e Archeologico delle Colline Metallifere Grossetane


Caldana

 

Gavorrano
Located in Caldana, in the municipality of Gavorrano, the Church of San Biagio, a rare example of sacred Renaissance architecture in southern Maremma, was commissioned in the 16th century by the Agustini family from Siena, whose coat-of-arms can still be seen at the centre of the pediment. Inside the church is the high altar fresco by Giuseppe Nicola Nasini.

Another important building in the Oratory of St Anthony (Oratorio di Sant'Antonio da Padova).
 
Caldana
Caldana

In the medieval castle of the frazione of Prata we find not only the two towers but also the Pieve of Santa Maria Assunta. It is here that, every year in July, the historiical reenactment of 'The Killing of Tollo da Prata' takes place. Prata claims to be the place of birth of Danta's Pia.

In the fifth canto of the Purgatorio in fact the Florentine poet tells the story of Pia dei Tolomei, Siena lady who died mysteriously murdered in the castle of her husband.
The Pia encountered by Dante in Purgatory, was the daughter of Ranuccio Philip Malavolti, and Ms. Prata after her marriage with Tollo da Prata in 1282. She disappeared after the murder of her husband in the churchyard of Prata September 30, 1285.

The walled borough of Tatti includes the medieval church of San Sebastiano.

Events in Tuscany | The Killing of Tollo da Prata

 
Prata
Prata

Trekking in Tuscany | Walking in and around Massa Maritima
Trekking in Tuscany | Walking in and around Massa Maritima | Cycling and Mountain bike in Maremma Tuscany

 
From Massa Marittima to Gavorrano 25 km

 
Long route but easily to follow which ranges from the foot of the Metallifere hills to the high ground between Castiglione della Pescaia and Scarlino. At the height of Cura Nuova you pass along a beautiful shaded valley of Cypress trees for about 4 km, at the end cross the mining area of Gavorrano. Trail sign No. 7.

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Cypresses in Cura Nuova


Lago dell'Accesa

 
From Gavorrano to Scarlino  

Long route but easily to follow which ranges from the foot of the Metallifere hills to the high ground between Castiglione della Pescaia and Scarlino. At the height of Cura Nuova you pass along a beautiful shaded valley of Cyprus trees for about 4 km, at the end cross the mining area of Gavorrano. Trail sign No. 7.
 
   
From Massa Marittima to Lago dell'Accesa 12 km  

This route connects Massa to the surrounding mining area. After the initial climb up to by-pass Poggio al Santo, and crossing over the areas of Capanne Vecchie and Serrabottini. Reaching the lake dell’Accesa and La Pesta, follow towards the ruins of a Etruscan mining village. Trail sign Nos. 33 and 35.
   
From Massa Marittima to Monterotondo Marittimo 13 km  


Starting from Ghirlanda, you reach Fosso Ritorto, then go up towards the Castle of Bocchette. Climbing over the peak of the Macchia al Toro and crossing over the torrent of Milia you go up to Monterotondo Marittimo. Trail sign Nos. 32, 29, 17, 16 and 19.

 
Trekking in Tuscany in the Montioni Park, Etruscan Coast
 


A wonderful trekking route in the Montioni Park. The Costa degli Etruschi, is the northern coast of Tuscany, along the provinces of Pisa and Livorno, and offers spectacular trekking and mountain biking trails in natural oasis. Perfect for those who want to regenerate their spirit in contact with nature.
This trail develops in the natural reserve of the Montioni National Park, map and descripyion are available in Podere Santa Pia.

Montioni Park Trail Starts


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Hiking in Sassetta

Point of departure/arrival: Podere La Cerreta
Distance: 13.2km
Elevation gain: 290m
Road surface: dirt

Note: the itinerary departure point is reached following the road down from Sassetta to Pian delle Vingne in the direction of Frassine and Monterotondo Marittimo. The route is entirely on dirt roads along Sassetta Trekking Trail No. 1. Information can be had from the Sassetta Tourist Information Office and La Cerreta holiday farm.
From La Cerreta holiday farm car park, go down to the dirt road that climbs to the left towards the Casetta Fiorentina knoll; the climb ends after 900m. Go left and continue downhill for 1.2km to the intersection at Podere I Colli, where you turn right and carry on downhill for 400m before going back up the hill to where trails 1, 2 and 3 cross. Continue on trail No. 1, turning left towards Podere La Pieve (fantastic views) and going downhill for 3.5km to the Lodano river valley near a small lake. Go left along the side of the lake and then the stream.

The road narrows to a path and signs are not very visible; avoid taking paths or tracks that climb up to the left and keep to the valley floor. After a first clearing, you ride through thick woods and at the next clearing keep to the side of the river until you join the path. Shortly after, you arrive at an intersection; follow the signs for trail No. 1 on the left. Go uphill for 1.3km, then down towards Podere I Colli and at the next crossroads turn right onto the rough, stony, tree-lined road that goes down to Pian delle Vigne. Turn left near the old bridge and continue on the flat to the next intersection (1km) where you go left again towards Podere La Cerreta.[2]

Itineraries in nature at Sassetta | The Poggio Neri Park

Not far from Sassetta, a beautiful, unspoilt village in the Val di Cornia, 10 km from the sea, the forested nature park of Poggio Neri offers a variety of itineraries.
The park is located in Bufalaio, about 1.5 km from Sassetta in the province of Sassetta-Suvereto. In the park there are areas for picnics which can be accessed from Casetta Fiorentina, which can be found at the exit of the village of Sassetta, on the way to Prata-Suvereto.
The Tourist Information Office in Piazza Nuova offersz a route map.

For more information:
City of Sassetta
Via Roma n. 15 Sassetta (LI)
Tel +39 0565 794223
www.comunedisassetta.net


   
Wandering Through Villages And Hamlets by Maria Torrigiani

 

Wine in Tuscany

 

Wine in Tuscany | Strada del Vino Monteregio di Massa Marittima

Within the Maremma Toscana IGT designation are eight small DOC zones, four of which are less than 8 years old. The best-known DOC wine here and the one that is most readily available is Morellino di Scansano, a dry, fragrant, medium-bodied red. Morellino is the local name for the Sangiovese grape around the town of Scansano. The most widely available Morellino di Scansano wines in the United States include Moris Farms, Fattoria Le Pupille and Massa Vecchia.
Other Maremma wines gaining recognition include those carrying the Monteregio di Massa Marittima DOC (1996) and Montecucco DOC (1998) appellations.
Places of interest are Monterotondo, Massa Maritima, Roccastrada and Follonica.


Wine in Toscane | Strada del Vino Costa degli Etruschi

The Etruscan coast wine road starts with Montecatini Val di Cecina and continues through Montescudaia, Cecina, Bolgheri, Castagneto Carducci, Sassetta, Suvereto, Campiglia Marittima, Venturina and ends at the port of Piombino. On the island of Elba, there is a continuation that leads from Marina di Campo over the whole island as far as Rio Marina. Not all of the wines are red. There are excellent whites such as Bianco della Val di Cornia (Suvereto) plus the Elban wines, the white Bianco L'Ansonica and the red Rosso Aleatico. ]

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To Massa Marittima also belong Prata, Tatti, Cura Nuova, Niccioleta and Valpiana.
Suvereto borders Campiglia Marittima, Castagneto Carducci, Follonica, Massa Marittima, Monterotondo Marittimo, Monteverdi Marittimo, Piombino, San Vincenzo and Sassetta.


 

 

The Maremma | Arcidosso | Campagnatico | Capalbio | Castel del Piano | Castell'Azzara | Castiglione della Pescaia | Cinigiano | Civitella | Follonica | Gavorrano - Castel di Pietra - Pia dei Tolomei | Giardino dei Tarocchi - Niki de Saint Phalle | Grosseto | Isola del Giglio | Istia d'Ombrone | Magliano in Toscana | Monticiano | Marina di Albarese | Marina di Grosseto | Marsiliana | Massa Marittima | Montecristo | Montelaterone | Montichiello | Montenero - Montegiovi | Orvieto | Paganico | Parco naturale della Maremma | Monticello | Pitigliano | Porrona | Porto Ercole | Punta Ala | Principina a mare | Roccalbegna | Roccastrada | Rosselle | Porto Ercole | Punta Ala | San Galgano | Saturnia | Scansano | Scarlino | Seggiano | Semproniano | Sovana | Talamone | Vetulonia
 
 
 
   
   
 

Wine in Tuscany | Strada del Vino Monteregio di Massa Marittima


Within the Maremma Toscana IGT designation are eight small DOC zones.

Monteregio di Massa Marittima DOC covers the entire territories of Massa Marittima and Monterotondo Marittimo and parts of Roccastrada, Gavorrano, Castiglione della Pescaia, Scarlino and Follonica.
Nine different varieties of wines are produced under this appellation. Special attention is due to Vermentino, a white wine of distinctive character, and to two types of Vin Santo, one white and one red. The red Vin Santo is also known as Occhio di Pernice.
The grapes permitted are Sangiovese, Trebbiano Toscano, Vermentino, Malvasia bianca di Candia, Ansonica.
The most famous producers are Suveraia, Serraiola Lenzi, Montebelli and Moris Farms, producer of Monteregio di Massa Marittima and the famous Avvoltore.

More to the south, a well-known DOC wine here is Morellino di Scansano, a dry, fragrant, medium-bodied red. Morellino is the local name for the Sangiovese grape around the town of Scansano. The most widely available Morellino di Scansano wines in the United States include Moris Farms, Fattoria Le Pupille and Massa Vecchia.
Other Maremma wines gaining recognition include those carrying the Monteregio di Massa Marittima DOC (1996) and Montecucco DOC (1998) appellations.
Places of interest are Monterotondo, Massa Maritima , Roccastrada and Follonica.

Wine in Tuscany | Strada del Vino Costa degli Etruschi

The Etruscan coast wine road starts with Montecatini Val di Cecina and continues through Montescudaia, Cecina, Bolgheri, Castagneto Carducci, Sassetta, Suvereto, Campiglia Marittima, Venturina and ends at the port of Piombino. On the island of Elba, there is a continuation that leads from Marina di Campo over the whole island as far as Rio Marina. Not all of the wines are red. There are excellent whites such as Bianco della Val di Cornia (Suvereto) plus the Elban wines, the white Bianco L'Ansonica and the red Rosso Aleatico.

Travelling the wine route along the Etruscan Coast, one is struck by the spectacular Petra winery built by Mario Botta: a futuristic construction which nonetheless blends perfectly into the surrounding landscape. The building has a highly plastic image. It consists of a cylinder of stone cut across by an inclined plane parallel to the hillside.

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DOC Val di Cornia

 
The DOC Val di Cornia was recognised officially in 1989, when a centuries' old tradition was combined with the blossoming modern wine-making that attracted both national and international attention. ln 2000, the sub category of "Suvereto" was officially recognised, dedicated to a greatly appreciated red wine. The introduction was made by the intelligent and refined work of oenologists of the highest level, of Cabernet, Merlot, Sirah and other vines, to the historically typical Sangiovese.

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DOC Val di Cornia Wine estates  
     
  Azienda Agricola Renicci di Stefano Cialli | Via Don Giovanni Minzoni, 94 | 57028 - Suvereto - (LI)

 
  Azienda Agricola Brancatelli | Loc. Casa Rossa, 2 | 57020 - Riotorto - (LI) www.brancatelli-toscana.it

 
  Azienda Agricola Bulichella | Loc. Bulichella, 131 | 57028 - Suvereto - (LI)
www.bulichella.it

 
 

Azienda Agricola F.lli Roncareggi Andrea e Luigi | Strada della Caduta,7 | 57027 - San Vincenzo - (LI)

 
  Azienda Agricola Giomi Daniela | Via Aurelia Nord 63, Loc. Lumiere | 57021 - Campiglia M.ma - (LI)

 
  Azienda Agricola Gualdo del Re | Loc. Notri 77 | 57028 - Suvereto - (LI) |
www.gualdodelre.it

 
  Azienda Agricola Il Falcone | Loc. Falcone, 186/187 | 57028 - Suvereto - (LI) www.ilfalcone.net

 
  Azienda Agricola Incontri | Loc. Fossoni,38 | 57028 - Suvereto - (LI)

 
  Azienda Agricola. Jacopo Banti & C. | Loc. Citerna, 24 | 57021 - Campiglia M.ma - (LI)
www.jacopobanti.it

 
  La Cerreta | Via Campagna Sud, 143 | 57020 - Sassetta - (LI)

 
  Le Querce | Via Botro ai Marmi,11 | 57021 - Campiglia Marittima - (LI)

 
  Azienda Agricola Montepeloso, | loc. Montepeloso, 82 | 57028 - Suvereto - (LI)

 
  Soc. Agr. Petra | Loc. San Lorenzo Alto 131 | 57028 - Suvereto - (LI)
www.petrawine.it

Petra is located in Suvereto, inside the Tuscany Maremma area, in San Lorenzo Alto. The estate spreads over 300 hectares and has vineyards, woods and olive-groves growing on it, suggesting a magic landscape almost fading away against the shining surfaces of Tirreno Sea.

In 1997 Vittorio Moretti and his daughter, Francesca, founded this small boutique winery. They created a spectacular winery with a contemporary structure designed by the famous Swiss architect Mario Botta, who also designed the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.



 

Cantina Petra by Mario Botta in Suvereto
  Azienda Agricola Petricci e del Pianta | Loc. San Lorenzo 20 | 57028 - Suvereto - (LI)
www.petriccidelpianta.it

 
  Azienda Agricola Poggio Rosso | Loc.Poggio Rosso,1 | 57025 - Populonia - (LI)

 
  Azienda Agricola Rigoli | Via degli Ulivi 8, Loc. Cafaggio | 57021 - Campiglia M.ma - (LI)

 
  Azienda Agricola RUBBIA AL COLLE | Loc. Poggetto - Suvereto
www.fratellimuratori.com
 
  Azienda Agricola Russo | via Forni, 71 | 57028 - Suvereto - (LI)

 
  Azienda Agricola San Giusto di Bonti Pierluigi | Loc. Salivoli, 16 | 57025 - Piombino - (LI)Loc. Salivoli, 16 | 57025 - Piombino - (LI)

 
  Podere San Luigi | Via dell'Arsenale, 16 | 57025 - Piombino - (LI)
www.poderesanluigi.li.it

 
  Azienda Agricola Sant'Agnese F.lli Gigli | Loc. Campo alle Fave 1 | 57025 - Piombino - (LI)

 
  Tenuta Casa Dei | Loc. S. Rocco | 57028 - Suvereto - (LI)

 
  Azienda Agricola Tua Rita | Loc. Notri, 81 - Suvereto
www.tuarita.it

 
  Podere Tuttisanti | Loc. Asca di Fiorentina | 57020 - Piombino - (LI)

 
  Azienda Agricola Valdamone | Loc. Valiamone, 119 - San Lorenzo
www.valdamone.com
 
     


Tuscany's Best-Kept Secret | Casa vacanza in Toscana Podere Santa Pia

Consorzio La Strada del Vino Costa degli Etruschi
Località San Guido 45
57020 Bolgheri (Livorno)
www.lastradadelvino.com

George Ferzoco, Book Il Murale di Massa Marittima - The Massa Marittima Mural, Centre for Tuscan Studies at the University of Leicester, and published by the Consiglio Regionale della Toscana, Firenze (English, Italiano).

Matthew Ryan Smith, Reconsidering the ‘Obscene’: The MassaMarittima Mural, Queen’s Journal of Visual & Material Culture, Issue 2, 2009 | www.academia.edu



 

[1] Foto Assianir, licenziato in base ai termini della licenza Creative Commons Attribuzione-Condividi allo stesso modo 4.0 Internazionale
[2] Source: Costa degli Etruschi - Official web site | www.costadeglietruschi.it
     

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