"Piazza della Republica" Pitigliano Things to Do Tip by iandsmith

Pitigliano Things to Do: 30 reviews and 40 photos

  Battlement lined fortress
by iandsmith

During the 15th and 16th centuries the ruling Orsinis totally modified the existing Aldobrandeschi castle and the battlement-lined fortress that you now see has bits and pieces from many different eras.
Today the palace houses a collection of religious objects while across the courtyard in the Civic Museum you will find the Etruscan, Roman and medieval exhibits.
The southern wing of the palace has many rooms decorated with ceiling frescoes and two paintings by Zuccarelli (1702-1788) who spent most of his working life in England where his most important works can be found today in Windsor Castle and the National Gallery of London.
The piazza itself hides many ancient secrets. Its present level is 6 metres above the original, raised for reasons of security. However, Etruscan and middle age remnants lie beneath the cobblestones. In fact, much of the town is honeycombed beneath with Etruscan remains.

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  • Written Apr 4, 2004
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