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Castello del Belagaio
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Roccastrada, Belagaio Castle-farm

Fortress and estate captures centuries of history

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The elegant complex of Belagaio (a castle-farm) is located in the town of Roccastrada, on the border of the province of Siena. The complex rises up from the top of a small knoll near the Farma creek and it can be reached by following a path that winds through stupendous landscape. This ancient fortified structure belonged to the Ardengheschi family in the 12th century. In the following century, it was taken over by the Siena’s city administration. After a slump during the mid-1300s, which affected this area, the castle experienced notable depopulation.
During the course of the 16th century, the castle became an agricultural estate. It was completely restored in the 1800s and its medieval look was recovered; stylistic elements of the time were also incorporated. Until recent times, the castle was the property of the Grottanelli family who restored the noble palace. From the tower of the noble palace, you can enjoy a marvellous panorama. The Belagaio Castle includes numerous buildings which were once inhabited by the small agricultural community that resided here. The Church of St. Leonard, also restored in the 1800s, has a rectangular layout, a nice Gothic-style portal on the facade and an original belfry.
Source: www.parcodeglietruschi.it
Medieval villages in Grosseto plain
The picturesque Roccastrada was founded atop a unique mass of trachyte, offering a wide view of the Grosseto plain. A former fief under the Aldobrandeschi family until the early 1300s, the village passed into the hands of the Sienese and later the Medici. The territory around the town – partly covered by forests of oak and chestnut trees – is primarily home to vineyards and olive groves. ...