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Castello di Lattaia
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Roccastrada, Lattaia Castle

Warring families seek stronghold

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The Lattaia Castle rises up amongst lush natural surroundings in the territory of Roccastrada. Located on a hill overlooking the Bai creek, this castle was one of the main strongholds of the Aldobrandeschi family as far back as the 10th century. In the early years of the 1200s, it belonged to the Pannocchieschi family. It was contested by local families and was taken over by the City of Siena in 1262. Over the course of the 14th century, Siena managed the castle through the powerful Incontri and Salimbeni families. At the beginning of the 1400s, this area was completely considered part of the Republic of Siena until the 16th century, when it was no longer necessary for defence. Thus, the complex was converted into a farm. The remains of the ancient fortress include the circular layout of its ancient walls, which enclose a square bordered by a few buildings.
Also of interest is the small Church of St. Blaise, located at the very centre of the settlement; it faces a lawn with ancient cypress trees. Rectangular in shape and preceded by a portico, it was built in the first half of the 17th century and restored in the Neoclassical style in 1859. The plaque on the façade commemorates these works commissioned by Giulia Zondadari, owner of the entire estate. This church was probably erected to substitute a previous parish dedicated to St. Blaise. The original church was mentioned in historical documents in the 12th century, but it subsequently fell into ruin.
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. ...