Torrita di Siena is located about 40 km southeast of Siena and about 17 km north of Pienza.
The most important event in Torrita di Siena is the "Palio dei Somari", a race among donkeys, the Sunday after March 19th (Torrita's patron saint).
The first historical records referring to Torrita di Siena date back to the 11th century. The original centre was situated on a long ridge, closed within the remains of old fortified walls dating from the beginning of the 13th century and continuously repaired after the numerous attacks suffered. The fortification was crowned with nine square towers on which ramparts were placed in 1528 according to the design by Baldassarre Peruzzi.
The square stands at the centre of the cross-shaped town where its three towers epitomize the three powers: military (the castle tower), civil (the Town Hall) and religious (the church of SS.Flora and Lucilla).
Sights and Attractions:
Church of Triano • Church of Madonna dell'Olivo • Church of Madonna delle Fonti a Giano • Church of Madonna delle Nevi • Church of Santissima Annunziata • Church of St. Flora e Lucilla • Church of Santa Croce • Collegiate church of Saints Martino e Costanzo
Chiesa della Madonna dell'Olivo
Market day is on Friday.
January 17 : Sant'Antonio fair