Terricciola is an ancient village in the Valdera with Etruscan origins. The history of Terricciola has distant roots, which can be seen in the tuff rock hypogea, made by the Etruscans and later used by locals as wheat and wine storages. In more “recent” times, the town was contested between the bishops of Volterra, Pisa and the Florentine Republic. A town long divided in half, as the municipality’s coat of arms attests to, bearing a Pisan cross on one side and a Florentine lily on the other, the town is now in the heart of the Pisan territory.
In the highest part of the town of Terricciola, it's possible to visit the Church of San Donato with neoclassical interiors typical of mid-nineteenth century style. The Madonna with Child and Saints attributed to Anton Domenico Bamberini is also housed here.
Outside the town centre, there are many important buildings nearby. On the road to Chianni, there’s the Sanctuary of Madonna di Monterosso, a centuries-old castle with a 19th-century portico. There are also the small but quaint hamlets of Soiana and Morrona, the former boasting the significant Baroque Bellincioni bell tower and the Parish Church of Pitti, home to the well-known Badia Camaldolese whose property was once fought over by counts, monks and bishops given the enormous wealth it collected from the territory.
Casciana Terme Lari is in the surroundings of Terricciola, a widespread municipality made up of two distinct centers and known for its famousthermal springs. Here, wellness is a long-standing tradition. The first establishment created in order to avail of the beneficial waters dates back to 1311 and was commissioned by Federico da Montefeltro.
Continuing the journey in the Terre di Pisa, we arrive at Peccioli which dominates the entire valley from the top of its hill. A lively and dynamic center, Peccioli is an ideal destination for lovers of contemporary art. In the hamlet of Ghizzano, for example, there are contemporary works of art created by Alicja Kwade and Patrick Tuttofuoco on permanent display, and there are also plasters and the facades of houses by the English artist David Tremlett.
Finally, we mention Lajatico with its fascinating Theater of Silence created thanks to the tenor Andrea Bocelli.
The Festival della Fragola (Strawberry Festival) is a firm fixture in Terricciola. For two weekends in May, the village is enlivened with food stands, music concerts, tastings, exhibitions and shows.
In the hamlet of Soiana, the Festa in Castello takes place in August. It also includes the traditional Panforte game, a countryside tradition that involves throwing panforte as far as possible.
Typical dishes and products
Its hills bestow precious fruits: indeed, the rows of grapevines covering the territory have made this an authentic wine land. The pleasure of sipping a glass of wine surrounded by the hills has been recognized since the Hellenistic era, depicted in the funeral sarcophagi found in the ancient tombs in the area. Still today, wine production around here is popular amongst experts and enthusiasts of gourmet food culture.