Posted by: Debra Kolkka | April 10, 2013

Santa Fiora in southern Tuscany

This gorgeous town near Monte Amiato dates from around 890AD and has a population of about 3,000 people. It is off the tourist trail and is delightfully authentic.

In the main square, Piazza Garibaldi is the impressive Palazzo Sforza Cesarin begun in 1575.

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The piazza has a good selection of shops and bars and a mining museum, a nod to the recent past. From here the town winds down the hill. Come for a walk through the narrow streets.

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We came upon a lovely house in Piazza S.Michele, where Luigi Bani, a town benefactor lived from 1830 – 1894.

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The area around Monte Amiata is beautiful and well worth a visit. Don’t miss Santa Fiora, it is a gem.


Responses

  1. I just love those charming Tuscan towns, Debra. Your detailed pics are wonderful. 😉

    • I love these towns too…and especially finding the details. Each town has something special to offer.

  2. We have not visited that area of southern Tuscany, but we will certainly go there soon. Thank you, Debra.

    • It is a beautiful part of Italy.

  3. You have such a beautiful collection.Your post is amazing.
    Ranu

  4. I simply don’t get tired of your captures of small Tuscan towns!

    • Just as well, there are hundreds of them.

      • Reasons to keep going!

  5. Hear, hear to eFrankAngle. I love the patchwork of rooftops which almost mirrors the patchwork in the landscape beyond. Don’t the geraniums make the loveliest of adornments.

    • I can’t wait until it is warm enough here to plant geraniums.

  6. A beautiful town on a beautiful day too! The ceramics are such wonderful street art.

    • They had some really cute ceramic motifs in Santa Fiora.

  7. Exquisite detail and obviously day well spent!

  8. Didn’t know anything about this town. Now thanks to your blog (and great pics) am eager to visit it. My favourite southern tuscan town is Massa Marittima – well worth a visit if you haven’t been there yet.

  9. i love the scenes, i miss Italy. 🙂

  10. oh sigh Debra your photos are so lovely – there is nothing quite as charming as an Italian hill town on a sunny day!

    • There are very many hilltop towns to discover.

  11. I love that balcony shot – I dream of having a house with a verandah these days – I want to move, I so want to move….

    • We have a tiny balcony here in Ponte a Serraglio, hardly room to swing a cat, but I love it.

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