Our journey begins in the medieval centre of Massa Marittima, as you look up to admire the warm colours of the palaces, looking for an idyllic glimpse of the surrounding hills. We begin in piazza Garibaldi, the heart of the town and home to the tall bell tower belonging to the Cathedral of San Cerbone. Next to it sit the most important buildings of worldly power: the Palazzo del Podestà, the Palazzo Civico and the former residence of the Biserno Counts. Take via Ettore Ximenes to arrive at Palazzo dell’Abbondanza, located next to the ancient and namesake fountain. On the wall that the water springs from, you can see the curious fresco celebrating masculine fertility, inspiring the name of the fountain (translated Fountain of Abundance).
Continuing up via Moncini, you’ll pass under the imposing Porta alle Silici, dominated from above by the Cassero Senese, a medieval fortified structure that protected the town in the Middle Ages, comprising a wall and defense towers. Head straight on for a few metres and, in piazza Matteotti, you’ll come to the Candeliere Tower, also known as the Clock Tower, built in the early 1200s and in an integral part of the town’s defense walls. Further on is the Palazzetto delle Armi, home of the Art and History of Mining Museum, while taking Corso Diaz will lead you to the Museum of Sacred Art, located in the complex of San Pietro all’Orto. The Church of Sant’Agostino and its cloister are nearby.