The Museum of Castiglione d'Orcia
The small Museum of Castiglione d'Orcia is based in the former oratory of San Giovanni Battista, dating back to the end of the sixteenth-first half of the seventeenth century, and holds three real masterpieces that make this exhibition space a destination not to be missed for those who He goes to Val d'Orcia.
In fact, in the museum, the paintings carried out for Castiglione and Rocca d'Orcia are found by some of the major exponents of the Sienese school of the XIV and XV centuries: Simone Martini, Lorenzo Di Pietro called the Vecchietta and Giovanni di Paolo, with three splendid Madonne Col Child. To these is also part of a series of liturgical furnishings from churches and brotherhoods in the area, including two blessed bread molds and ostie.
Leaving the museum you reach the summit of the country from which you can see the impressive fortress of Tentennano, to which you can go up through a suggestive walk of 300 meters. The landscape along the road opens on the gentle hills of the Val d'Orcia and Montalcino. The tower, which rises for 20 meters on a spur of limestone rock, is remembered for the first time in 853 as possession of the abbey of Monte Amiata and always had a strategic role of great importance for its privileged position on the Via Francigena. The fortress belonged in the fourteenth century and in the fifteenth century to the Sienese family of Salimbeni and, in 1367, I stayed there Santa Caterina from Siena that right here, from illiterate, received the divine gift of writing.
Today the Rocca is open to the public and hosts art exhibitions. Going up on the terrace the view that occurs in the eyes of the visitor certainly repays the effort: the view ranges from Monte Amiata to the south, to Monte Cetona to the south-east up to the first footstepines of the Apennines to the east and north.