The ruins are located on the top of a mount. About a half mile away, there are also the ruins of the Pieve Vecchio, meaning ‘old church’, which historical documents indicate was dedicated to Saint Andrea. This document was the Plebem de Fornuli sent to Bishop of Grosseto Gualfredo in 1188. Most Sienese historians believe that the Rocca di Fornoli belonged to the Counts of the Ardenghesca, but no one can pinpoint its precise location. In the public archives in Siena, there is mention of the Rocca di Fornoli in 1202, when the counts of Ardenghesca and the Monte Paschi of Vescovaldo had to pay an annual tariff for their castles and other properties located in the Val di Merse and the Val di Ombrone. In 1254, the counts of Fornoli, Ranieri di Malpollione and Bernardo di Scolario, as allies of the King Manfredi and the Comune of Siena, pledged to keep the Rocca di Fornoli at the disposal of the Signori Nove in Siena. In 1270, Count Ugo Forte, took refuge in the Rocca di Fornoli, along with other people who refused to submit to the Sienese Republic. They sent the hand of a Siena soldier that tried to conquer the fort, and three months later, in 1272, the Rocca di Fornoli was conquered and destroyed.
The picturesque village is located on a rock platform and boasts breathtaking views of the Maremma countryside
The picturesque town is built on an unusual platform of trachyte rock and boasts panoramic views over the Grosseto plain. It was a feud of the Aldobrandeschi family until the beginning of the 14th century, when it passed under the domain of the Sienese, and then under the Medici. ...Morekeyboard_backspace