Anyone who loves the Middle Ages will enjoy a visit to Lajatico. The town boasts a castle dating to the year 1000, though little remains of the original structure beyond the façade. You can still see the coat of arms of the Maritime Republic of Pisa over the entrance and, to the left, a lion and a shield with the Florentine fleur-de-lis, evidence of Lajatico’s history of being subject to both republics, a conflict that is even depicted in three scenes carved into stone inside the entrance hall, which show a battle between Pisa and Florence.
Though unproven, it’s said that the bell tower is part of the medieval castle. When the Gotti-Lega family granted public use of the tower in 1790, Donato Rosi from Volterra was commissioned to add both a clock and a bell-chime. This mechanism was removed in 1999, but you can see it on display in the Town Hall.