Located on top of a mountain about 900 meters above sea level on the ancient road that leads to Rome, Radicofani has always been a place of passage and important stops. In fact, in 1584 Granduca Ferdinando I dei Medici built what might be called the first hotel in Italy: a large building with stalls, kitchen, halls and rooms for distinguished as well as lesser-known guests. Designed by the grand-ducal architect Bernardo Buontalenti and known for centuries as "Osteria Grossa" or Poste Medicee, it hosted many important people including Grand Duke Ferdinand I, Cosimo II (and his entire court) in 1612, Mozart, who was traveling to Rome with his father, the Popes Pius VI and VII, the Marquis De Sade, Stendhal, and Charles Dickens.
If Pontremoli is the northern entrance of the Francigena in Tuscany, Radicofani is the southern gate. For centuries, its Fortress was a strategic location at the boundary between the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Papal State. From the terrace atop the tower, you can admire a vast panorama. It was here that Ghino di Tacco, Tuscany’s best-known bandit, took refuge and made his ambushes. He always left his victims with something to survive on, however. He was generous with the poor and students and is often remembered as the Italian Robin Hood.
From Bagno Vignoni you can reach Radicofani after about a 30 km walk . Although the climb to the village is very challenging, you’ll be rewarded by the beautiful view along the way. Whether you decide to walk the whole leg or just a portion of it, dedicate a day to this village in the clouds.
Follow its narrow stone streets and visit the Jewish quarter, the small Piazza della Giudecca and the Pieve di S. Pietro. Construction on it began during the the X - XI century, and it houses a very valuable collection of masterpieces by Andrea della Robbia. Explore the Isabella Wood: this Romantic - Esoteric Garden was built between 1844 and 1906 and is about 2.5 hectares. Finally, finish off the day right over a dish of Pici pasta and a glass of Tuscan red wine.