Excursions

02. Cinigiano, Sasso d’Ombrone Paganico, Scavi di Roselle

Cinigiano © Michele Ruffaldi SantoriFrom Lucherino east, downwards towards the sea, you will reach after some 10km. Cinigiano, the main village of the community. The village developed from an antique settlement and was already in 1221 possessed by the Aldobrandeschi. Here are two churches from 14th and 15th century, as well as ruins of a medieval castle.

9km further on you will come to Sasso d’Ombrone, another medieval jewel situated on top a rock high above the river Ombrone.

A few more kilometres and you arrive at Paganico. The fortress belonged to Siena and was an important trade centre since 1296.

At the city wall built in 1334 three of four gates can still be seen. Beside some interesting things inside the village you can also visit the small church of Poggiarello (13th century) a bit outside Paganico.

Sasso d'Ombrone © Michele Ruffaldi Santori

Taking the SS 223 direction to Grosseto you will come after 1km to the archaeological site of Roselle. On this, originally Etruscan habitation, Romans also left their traces.

The very well maintained amphitheatre of Roselle offers a spectacular backdrop for Greek dramas that performed in the summer period.

Castel Porrona, Toscana © Michele Ruffaldi Santori

Back on the SS 223, direction to Siena take the exit “Paganico” and carry on towards “Monte Amiata”. After about 30km turn right towards Monticello and back to camping.

 

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