However, the castle is not so much bound to any illustrious personality, but rather to a local character, proving that history is so often interwoven with legend. Ghino di Tacco, Val D'Orcia's famous brigand, captured the castle in 1297, turning it into the centre for his raids for several years. The adventures and ambushes of this local Robin Hood, who is generally considered to have been a force for good, appear in the work of Dante and Boccaccio.
Today, the castle is home to the Museo del Cassero (Barracks Museum), which contains archaeological finds from the Etruscans right up to the sixteenth century, which tell the long history of the fortress and its various forms. You can visit the underground passageways, the shooting platforms, the bastions and the walkways on the walls, and even see a still-working medieval catapult. The surrounding scenery is spectacular, and best enjoyed by climbing to the merlons, a thousand metres above sea level: from here you can lose itself by gazing at the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the hills of the Val D'Orcia.