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Siena area, Roccastrada

Town located on a bed of volcanic rock and strategic importance connecting Siena to the Maremma

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The small town of Roccastrada has also played an important role in the history of Siena and the Maremma thanks to its strategic location: it was located along the main road connecting Siena to the Maremma seaside. It was also home to the Aldobrandeschi di Santa Fiora family. After careful analysis of the town, it is easy to see that fortification walls were placed on the west and north sides of the town. Here, the walls are very high, some reaching 20 meters high, and are made of tarchite rock. Although we do not know the date of construction, they seem to be barriers to protect the city. They are located near other more fragile walls that were perhaps erected as support walls.

(Article by Comunità Montana Colline Metallifere)

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. ...