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Hamlets, districts and squares

Village of Torniella

In the municipality of Roccastrada, there’s a centuries-old town waiting to be discovered

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Piazza del Popolo, 1, 58036 Torniella GR, Italia

The village of Torniella, in the municipality of Roccastrada, owes its name to the lathe, or tornio in Italian, the town’s symbol, and was documented as early as the 11th century as a junction on the road that led from Siena to Grosseto.

The northern edge of the plain where the small village is located, which indicatively bears a circular shape, is dominated by the castle complex, which sits around a central courtyard and juxtaposed over the centuries by a series of buildings, while in the other part of the town, you’ll find the Church of San Giovanni Battista, bluntly built upward to adapt to the uneven terrain that it’s found on, and built according to tradition, with its stones coming from the older Parish Church of Santa Maria.

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. ...