Scansano, the homeland of the wine Morellino
Scansano was founded during the Middle Ages in the heart of Maremma between the valleys of Ombrone and Albegna in an area where are also documented some etruscan and roman villages. Various events led the village to became part of the possessions of the Aldobrandeschi before and of the Sforza after, untill it was annexed to the Granducato di Toscana in the 17th century. Starting from the 15th century, Scansano acquired a certain importance because in summer there were transferred public offices from Grosseto due to malaria.
Famous most of all for its red wine D.O.C.G. (a label guaranteeing the quality and origin of a wine), the Morellino, Scansano is a good place for a visit full of taste and tradition.
The visit to Scansano in Tuscany
The visit to the city centre of Scansano starts through the sixteenth century door overlooking piazza Garibaldi. Along the way down the main street, via Vittorio Emanuele II, you’ll get to the chiesa di San Giovanni Battista. Built in 13th century, it was completely remade after the 1700. Inside you can admire some valid seventeenth-century paintings. The Palazzo Pretorio is Just few steps from the church. Once it was the home of the offices moved from Grosseto in summer, today the palace is houses the museo archeologico e museo della vite e del vino.
Museo archeologico e museo della vite e del vino
The archaeological section of the Scansano’s museum complex explains the history of this territory through the findings coming from the archaeological excavations. To this end are very important the findings coming from the etruscan site Ghiaccio Forte and from the roman village of Aia Nova.
The Museo della Vite e del Vino deals with both to reconstruct the history of winemaking that to promote the excellent local wines and especially Morellino. The museum is structured in five sections: historical, production, “cycle of vine and wine “, traditions and information. Inside is akso possible to do a wine tasting, one more reason to visit it!
Address: piazza Pretorio 4
Ticket: 3 euro
Continuing your walk along the streets of Scansano you will admire many nice buildings as the theatre Castagnoli and some well preserved parts of the city walls. Finally, we advise you to reach the highest point of the village to enjoy a great view.
The Etruscan site Ghiaccio Forte
Near Scansano is located the already mentioned etruscan site of Ghiaccio Forte. Founded in the 4th century before Christ, the village was equipped with a mighty city wall long about one kilometer. Particularly interesting was the presence in town of a sanctuary documented by numerous votive offerings, the bronzes and pottery. The city was abandoned in 280 BC following the destruction by the Romans; since this date it was no longer inhabited again.
Around Scansano thera also a roman villa, the Castle of Montorgiali, the Convent of Petreto and the Castle of Montepò.
How to get to Scansano
By train and bus: by train you can get to Grosseto, then you have to take the bus line 8/G by Tiemme Grosseto.
From Florence raccordo autostradale Firenze-Siena till Siena. From there SS223 till the exit for Grosseto and finally SP159.
From Rome A12 till the exit Chiarone, then continue to Capalbio and then on strada provinciale 103 till destination.