Guide of Radicofani
Radicofani, at 896 meters above sea level, is one of the five townships which area integrating Val D’Orcia’s Park, recently rewarded by the UNESCO as Patrimony of the Humanity.
The town is situated in the hills and mountains between Val d’Orcia and Val di Paglia.
From Etruscan origin, as a result of the recent archaeological researches which confirm that the temple dedicated to Vertumno god, located in the Isabella’s wood, came from the 6th century BC.
During the 11th century the castle was contended between the Abbey of San Salvatore al Monte Amiata and the noble and powerful family Aldobrandeschi. On the 12th century it passed to the possession of the Counts of Chiusi, appertaining afterwards to the Pontifical States, to the Republic of Siena, to the Granducato of Tuscany and finally to Italy’s Kingdom in 1860.
In the period of the hard political fights in Tuscany, on the 13th and the 14th centuries, appears in Radicofani the legendary figure of Ghino di Tacco, member of the noble and ancient Sienna’s family Cacciaconti Monacheschi Pecorai, who took over the fortress of Radicofani in 1295, going so far in his venture of highwayman and gentleman as to be celebrated in Dante and Bocaccio’s main literary works.
What you have absolutely to visit in Radicofani:
The Fortress, the oldest part of the village fortifications. During its restoration there have been founded important pieces of high archaeological interest.
Palazzo Pretorio, the present Municipal Seat. It has a splendid façade where coats of arms are engraved.
Church of S. Agata, in Gothic style. In the indoors there is a magnificent work of Andrea Della Robbia.
Church of S. Pietro, in Romanic style, erected in the 13th century. The indoors hold several works from the Robbiana school.
The beautiful basaltic stone sculpture of Ghino di Tacco, erected in a public garden close to the square where S. Pietro’s Church is located.
Where to eat:
To have a delicious lunch or dinner, we suggest you to go to the restaurant “La Grotta”, where you can enjoy their specialties of fresh handmade “pasta”, like black truffle ravioli or Tuscan roast beef with potatoes. Prices are really moderate:15/20 euro. Home wine is really excellent.
Main Towns of Valdorcia
Radicofani, Sarteano, Cetona,
San Quirico D'Orcia,
Bagni San Filippo,
Abbadia and Monte Amiata
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