Roccatederighi

Discovering Roccatederighi

Medieval hamlet gives a glimpse of Sienese history

At the beginning of the XIII century, this settlement was called Rocca Filiorum Guaschi. It is thought to have been linked with the Tederigi or Tederigoli, vassals of the Aldobrandeschi dynasty which gave its name to the hamlet of Roccatederighi. Thanks to its allies—the Lords of Sassoforte—the Comune of Siena established its presence early and controlled the hamlet’s tower and castle keep from as far back as the XIII century.

The southern side of the hamlet lies along the eastern outcrop of vulcanite belonging to Roccastrada’s territory. The northern side of the city was built on these famous massifs which created geological deposits. Although limestone was an important part of the area’s geological make-up, the majority of buildings located within the ancient settlement were built with volcanic rhyolite. The north-eastern edge of the hamlet hosts a gravel road that runs alongside the town. There, you’ll find some wall fragments that could once have been part of the city’s walls and most likely served for purposes of defense.