Ghino was born in Torrita of Siena from a noble family. Man of great stature and unusual courage, he was banished from his town for its delinquent activities, both his father and brother were accused of robbery, and spent several years as a brigand in Maremma. In 1297, he took possession of the Fortress, dominating the territory with his deeds and raids, but always taking care to leave enough to live to its victims. To some he was a "punisher of injustice and powerful men", for others simply a "daring bandit." Leaving Radicofani and heading north, you’ll drive along a beautiful country road that winds through the calanchi or ravines, typical of the area, connecting Radicofani to the nice medieval village of Contignano. You find yourself in the heart of the Val d’ Orcia.
While, heading south, you’ll reach the Monte Amiata, an extinct volcano, that, with its 1738 meters, dominates southern Tuscany’s landscape. You reach the mountain after driving along a scenic succession of curves through the woods, that, one after the other, open onto beautiful rural landscapes. Before heading on to Mount Amiata, I suggest you a stop along the route to the village of Abbadia San Salvatore, that boasts one of the most beautiful and suggestive abbeys of all Italy! Enjoy your trip to the land of the Italian Robin Hood.