Castiglione and Rocca d’Orcia
Castiglione and Rocca d’Orcia: the twin towers of the Val d’Orcia
Castiglione d’Orcia rises at an altitude of 540 meters on a hill above the valley of the River Orcia.
What to see in Castiglione d’Orcia
The most important monument of the village is the castle (Rocca Aldobrandesca), now in ruins, of which there are still large parts. The castle was owned by the Aldobrandeschi and then by Siena.
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Typical rustic Tuscan village, has it center in the square dedicated to the painter Lorenzo di Pietro known as the “Vecchietta”.
Nearby, in peripheral location is the pieve dei santi Stefano e Degna (parish church of the Saints Stephen and Degna). Of medieval Foundation, the Church has a beauty 15th-century portal.
Inside are preserved frescoes of the Sienese School of the early 16th century and a big painting “Madonna in trono col Bambino e santi” (Madonna enthroned with Child and saints), dated 1531, by Giovanni di Bartolo.
Other works from this church and attributed to Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti and Vecchietta, were transferred in the Pinacoteca (art gallery) of Siena.
How to get to Castiglione d’Orcia
Castiglione d’Orcia is located about 55 kilometers from Siena (1 hour with car).
From Siena: Strada Regionale Cassia (SR2) for about 48 kilometers then turn on Strada Provinciale del Monte Amiata (SP323). Yet few kilometers and arrive at the destination.
Rocca d’Orcia is a small medieval center located at short distance (one kilometre) from Castiglione d’Orcia. The town, dominated by the imposing remains of the Rocca a Tentennano, gathers around the piazza della cisterna.
What to see in Rocca d’Orcia
The impregnable Rocca a Tentennano (or Tintinnano), built in XII century, stands at the top of a steep hill. The fortress belonged to some noble families (Tignosi, Aldobrandeschi and Salimbeni) and finally to the Republic of Siena.
It is well preserved the mighty polygonal tower that almost seems to pop out of the overhanging rock with its imposing size. From the terrace of the Castle you can admire a magnificent panorama over the Val d’Orcia and the Monte Amiata.
How to visit the fortress:
Opening hours: every day 10.30-13.30 and 14.30-18.30
Tickets: regular 3 euro, reduced 1,50 euro
The ticket includes the visit to the Sala d’Arte San Giovanni that is open on saturday and on sunday trom 16.00 to 18.00.
Sala d’Arte San Giovanni: Via San Giovanni 10, Castiglione d’Orcia (Siena)
Rocca a Tentennano: Via Aldobrandeschi 13, Castiglione d’Orcia (Siena)
What to see around Castiglione and Rocca d’Orcia
Castiglione and Rocca d’Orcia are located in a central position of val d’Orcia. Within 15 kilometres are almost all important locations in the area, such as Bagno Vignoni, San Quirico, Pienza, Monticchiello and the Abbey of Sant’Antimo.