Medieval Towns

Massa Marittima

A small jewel of medieval art and architecture. Massa Marittima was made prosperous through crop production and the mining of copper and silver. Within the cathedral of Saint Cerbone, dedicated to its patron saint, visitors can admire the christening font of Giroldo da Como, Duccio’s Madonna and Child, the convent cloister of San Pietro al’Orto, its Torre del Candeliere (Tower of the Candlestick), the Church of Saint Agostino, and the Comunale Palace – just a few of the architectural marvels of Massa Marittima.

Amongst the civic museums, be sure not to miss the Museum of Minerals, the Museum of the Relics of Saint Cecilia, and the Archaeological Museum.

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Scarlino

Scarlino is a small rocky medieval town on Monte d’Alma. The land is dominated by the 13th century Rocca Pisana (Pisana Fortress) in front of which is an archaeological park which has restored finds dating back to the late Bronze Age (10,000-12,000BC).

The walls surrounding the town that remain intact add to the fascination of these medieval towns with their typical restaurants and cafes which line the winding streets and alleyways.

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Suvereto

A wonderful medieval town in a green valley crossed by the River Cornia, nestling among the hills which overlook the sea and the Etruscan coast.

Within the ancient walls of the town with its enchanting and harmonious architecture, there are paved streets and stone houses, grand historic dwellings, atmospheric churches, and shady cloisters.

Thick woods of oak and chestnut trees stretch down to the sea. All year round, the town celebrates magical feasts inspired by the town’s history, traditions and folklore which visitors can enjoy.

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Bolgheri

Bolgheri is reached by travelling along the famous Viale dei Cipressi (Avenue of the Cypresses) described in the famous poem, ‘In front of Saint Guido’ by Giosué Carducci, where the poet finds himself in a state of mind to see a vision of incomparable beauty.

The town, which is approached via a single archway, has remained unchanged by time, keeping the old traditions alive.

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Campiglia Marittima

It is one of the most beautiful towns of the Etruscan coast. In this ancient medieval town, rich in history and traditions, the streets, cobbled alleyways and buildings are in all in total harmony with one another.

The historic centre is contained within the town walls and in its characteristic piazzas, there are artisan shops, museums, and restaurants.

 

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