semproniano tuscany

Semproniano is the most southern of the Amiata towns, the gateway to the volcano for those who arrive from Saturnia, and therefore from Rome and Civitavecchia via the Aurelia. The village, closely surrounding what little remains of the Rocca Aldobrandesca, merits a pleasant walk through the steep streets that are mostly in the form of stairways.

Just a few pieces of wall is what remains of the sever castle, onto which the Romanesque church of the Santa Croce faces. Lower down there is the Oratory of St. Rocco and the Parish of St. Vincent and St. Anastasio, that conserve various paintings from the 17th century and an interesting holy water stoup in the shape of a hand.

From the town, a good asphalted road curves down to a bridge over the Albegna and continues towards Saturnia. Taking the first right you can go down through the fields at the mount of the Albegna Narrows, the most striking of the Maremma and particularly suitable for bathing in the summer.

In Fibbianello, a farmhouse that faces onto the Albegna, botany enthusiasts can admire the largest olive tree of the Amiata area, a thousand-year old giant that is 22 metres tall, and able to give 800 kilos of olives at every picking. Parallel to the Albegna, the Fiora runs onwards, the best known of the Maremma water courses. Its valley is more harsh and sombre than that of the Albegna, its waters are rather reduced due to the tapping at its sources. From the west the limestone cliff of Cellena dominates the valley, at the feet of which can be found the town of the same name.

Rocchette di Fazio Hiking Trail

A tortuous track that offers a lovely glimpse of the centre quickly leads to Rocchette di Fazio, another little jewel of the Maremma Amiata. With its old houses dominated by a stump of the Rocca Aldobrandesca and defended by an imposing limestone wall, Rocchette is worth a stay. In the inhabited area are the Castle Gate, the Municipal Palazzo and the Hospital of St. Bartholomew, founded in 1330 as attested to by an inscription.

Tuscany Region,, Grosseto Province,, Monte Amiata,

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