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.


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

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

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

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

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

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    • Just as well, there are hundreds of them.

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      • Reasons to keep going!

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  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.

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

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

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

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  7. Exquisite detail and obviously day well spent!

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  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.

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

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

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    • There are very many hilltop towns to discover.

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  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….

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

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