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Medieval villages in Grosseto plain

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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.

The territory of Roccastrada is dotted with medieval towers and villages, including Montemassi and Roccatederighi. The first sits atop the Maremma plain, surrounded by a castle once owned by the Aldobrandeschi. Montemassi is also home to interesting narrow streets carved directly into the rock face. The second, Roccatederighi, is a beautiful village that, concealed by the cliffs of trachyte shaped by the wind and rain, winds along the rocks’ profile, almost calcified, giving a unique expression to the landscape it calls home.

The area also boasts perfect itineraries for hikers, which can be explored on foot, on horseback or by mountain bike. The 120-km long Trekking Roccastrada and the stretch of the Via Equestre Grossetana allow visitors to enjoy the nature of the territory all the way to the Nature Reserves of Farma and La Pietra.

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