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Cassero Fortress and Museum

Archeological remains from the Etruscan Civilization to the 16th century

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The main identifying symbol of Radicofani is certainly its mighty fortress. It was in the hands of the Republic of Siena and was the last bulwark in the war against Florence. In the second half of the 1500s the Medici transformed it into an imposing fortification, but abandoned it after the powder magazine exploded in 1735 almost completely destroying the fortress. However it is best known for its ties to Ghino di Tacco (end of the 13th century-beginning of the 14th century), a gentleman brigand, who was remembered by Dante and Boccaccio.

Radicofani fortress
Radicofani fortress - Credit: Shutterstock.com / Di Cesareo75

The first written testimony about it dates back to 973 but is known that its early structure is from Carolingian era. Radicofani fortress, after the recent restoration which began in 1989, hosts a museum which traces the history of the castle and the archeological investigations. Photografies, plastics and virtual reconstructions help to testify the fortress history starting from the Etruscan civilization to the 16th century. The walls and walkways of the Fortress are also open to the public, as well as the terrace of the tower where you will enjoy a wonderful view which include Valdorcia, Monte Amiata, Val di Paglia and Monte Cetone.

Info: fortezzadiradicofani.it/eng

From atop one of the most spectacular fortresses in Tuscany
On a hill at the southern border of the Val d’Orcia sits one of the most spectacular fortresses in Tuscany, for centuries one of the most important strongholds in Italy: Radicofani. The castle can be seen from dozens of miles away, and it appears to dominate the village, where it guarded the border between the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Papal States for hundreds of years. ...