Pitigliano (Italy) - the heart of the tuff area
Posted on: 04 April 2018 by Curioso Errante
In the area between Tuscany and Lazio, called Area del Tufo, due to the abundance of this material, there is still a fascinating and mysterious territory, still hardly beaten by mass tourism. In this area there are some historical centers that leave amazed for their beauty, and one of these is Pitigliano.
English Translation from Curioso Errante
Between the province of Grosseto, in the south of Tuscany, and the province of Viterbo, in the north of Lazio, the Tufo Area extends along the foothills of the Volsini Mountains. This territory is totally of volcanic origin and therefore all formations are mainly made of tuff. Today for the Area of the Tufo, it means essentially the territories that comprise the municipalities of Sorano and Pitigliano.
Pitigliano today is a destination for tourists because of the representative charm of this area. The populations of the place, since ancient times, just think of the Etruscans, have exploited and shaped the tuff, this material here omnipresent, easy to dig and work, creating one of the most beautiful towns in central Italy. In fact, as well as being on a cliff in tuff, even the buildings are made with this material, making it perfectly integrated and representative of this characteristic area known to all as Area del Tufo.
Entered the door and flanked the aqueduct, as you move towards the core of the historic center, you find yourself in a large square, immediately in front of a fortress, the Orsini palace. Built as a fortress by the Aldobrandeschi during their dominion (XII-XIII century), it was then restructured and widened by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger in 1543-45, adding two large bastions with a polygonal plan in place of the previous circular towers.