The medieval hamlet of Manciano in the south of the Tuscan Maremma in province of Grosseto
Manciano is in the south of the Tuscan Maremma in a hilly area inhabited by man since ancient times. The medieval hamlet was born around an Aldobrandeschi’s fortress documented since the twelfth century. The castle, located in the higher point of the village, was conquered by Siena in 1416 and in 1455 became part of the possesions of the Orsini, Counts of Pitigliano. Are part of the Municipality of Manciano the village of Montemerano and the famous thermal town of Saturnia.
What to do in Manciano
Once Manciano had a long city wall of which today remain some parts incorporated in the town. Originally there were eleven towers, today there are only two of this towers survived, the first is located in via Trento and second one is near Porta Fiorella. Adorned with the coat of arms of the Aldobrandeschi, this city gate is located on the northern side of the village and is the starting point of our visit.
Overstepped Porta Fiorella, you’ll immediately see the bell tower of the chiesa di San Leonardo towering surrounding rooftops. The church was built during the 14th-15th centuries but was completely renovated over the centuries and today only the bell tower retains the original medieval style. Inside there are a baptismal font from the 14th century and a Paride Pascucci’s painting representing San Leonardo (1894).
Museo di Preistoria e Protostoria della valle del Fiora
Only few steps to get to the Museo di Preistoria e Protostoria della valle del Fiora hosted inside the palazzo Nardelli in via Corsini. A very interesting museum that documents the history and the occupation of the territory from the Palaeolithic to the bronze age. The exposition is based on the finds from the archaeological sites of the area and on the multimedia used to engage the visitor.
Address: via Corsini 5
January- March: saturday and sunday 10.00-13.30 and 15.00-18.00
April – May: friday, saturday and sunday 10.00-13.30 and 15.00-18.00
June – September: 10.00-13.30 and 15.00-18.00
October – December: friday, saturday and sunday 10.00-13.30 and 15.00-18.00
Tickets: free access
Web site of the Tourist Office of Manciano
The Rocca Aldobrandesca in Manciano
A few more steps and you reach the summit where you will find the main building of Manciano: the Rocca Aldobrandesca. The current building dates from 1424 and is a work of the Republic of Siena. It is an imposing crenellated structure with a tall tower.
Behind the fortress there is a nice square dedicated to Garibaldi. In the center of this square there is a monumental fountain created in 1913 by Vincenzo Rosignoli to celebrate the construction of the acquedotto del Fiora (aqueduct of Fiora).
How to get to Manciano
Train and bus:by train till Albinia; from Albinia to Manciano bus line 41/P Tiemme
Bus: from Grosseto line 8/G Tiemme Grosseto
By car: from Florence (200 km) raccordo autostradale Firenze-Siena, then Tangenziale Ovest di Siena/SS674 and continue on SS223 till the Aurelia SS1 in direction of Rome; in the end SR74 till destination.
From Roma (150 km) Aurelia till Montalto di Castro, then SP105 Strada Provinciale Campigliola and go to Manciano on Strada Provinciale Collacchia.