Overview of Torrita di Siena
Torrita di Siena is a medieval town in Sienna’s province situated on a charming hill on the west side of Val di Chiana, outside from de main touristy routes.
Etruscan and Roman settlements have been found in its municipal territory area, bringing to light its ancient origins. However, its first historical records are coming back from the 11th century when the fortress was under the possession of Abbey Sant’Antimo.
In the 13th century it was under the dependence of the Counts of Scialenga.
In the same century, the struggles between Montepulciano and Sienna’s Republic in order to control the fortress, made Sienna to send a Podestà, taking Torrita under its jurisdiction. But, between 1276 and 1279, the heroic knight Ghino di Tacco, member of the local aristocratic family Cacciaconti Monacheschi Pecorai, fought with his loyal troops against Sienna’s invasion in order to bring into independence his birth town.
After a tough and long persecution Sienna’s authorities captured him, being executed in the Main Square of Sienna in 1285.
In the 14th century Torrita was conquered for a brief time by Deo Tolomei. In the following years Sienna’s Republic reaffirmed absolutely its dominion and rebuilt the fortress and its surrounding walls, which today can still be distinguished.
Nowadays, Torrita di Siena with its pretty preserved historical centre has transformed its traditional agricultural economy into a flourishing industry becoming a prosperous locality.
Its main momument is the Church of Ss. Flora e Lucilla , built up between the13th and the14th century. It hosts several art works. The most important one is “Il Sangue del Redentore” attributed to Donatello.
During the year there are several cultural events in Torrita di Siena, like:
- The donkey race “Palio dei Somari”, an ancient traditional celebration which takes place in March.
- “Blues Festival” celebrated in June. Prestigious musicians are coming from everywhere in the world and even from New Orleans.
Where to eat:
- “Ristorante Asso”. A well-known restaurant to enjoy an excellent cuisine specialized in fresh fish. This is one of the few restaurants in Valdichiana which offers a very well cooked fish.
Where to sleep:
-"Villa Valdichiana". A well-known B&B where art, comfort and leisure mix in perfect harmony
Main Towns of Valdichiana
Arezzo, Cortona , Montepulciano,
Torrita di Siena,
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