Fortress of Tentennano

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Fortress of Tentennano

Fortress of Tentennano
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A short distance from Castiglione, the imposing fortress of the Rocca di Tentennano dominates the village of Rocca d'Orcia, rising up still today to guard over the Orcia valley below, where pilgrims, merchants, and travelers once made their way along the Via Francigena. Through the courtyard, visitors can enter the halls that once housed a garrison of soldiers and climb up to the top of the keep, from which they can enjoy a sweeping view of the countryside.
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magillicuddy75
Paris, France308 contributions
Gorgeous off the beaten track
Aug 2019 • Couples
This place was not indicated in several guidebooks we used on our trip but we saw it on our map and said “Let’s go". So glad we did. Breathtaking views from the top. Historically very interesting. I would recommend going for the sheer beauty of the view though you have to climb a bit to get to the top!
Written 15 August 2019
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John B
Toronto, Canada2,972 contributions
Stunning views and a beautifully restored fortress
Aug 2019
While a little off the beaten path it's definitely worth a visit to the Fortress not only for the spectacular views from up top (the valley and gorgeous Tuscan landscape seems to go for ever) but also for the restoration work that was done to the structure. It is most imposing and you need to climb up steep steps and a suspended pathway to enter the building (the entrance is 18 feet up from ground level) then ascend even steeper stairs to gain access to the upper levels and roof of the fortress (the views make it worthwhile!). The barrel-vaulted ceilings are still intact and one gets a real sense of how grim it must have been to lived in such an austere structure. There are information boards throughout with English translations. Entrance is 3E per person and there is free parking. Also walk down the road leading to the left of the fortress to go down into the spectacular medieval village of Rocca D'Orcia.
Written 9 August 2019
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Fraser's Travels & Craft Beer
Chelmsford, UK718 contributions
Tremendous views
Apr 2018 • Couples
Arrived too late to actually enter the fortress, and hence see the 360degree views from the top. However, there is a public pathway around a part of the base of the tower/fortress which is easily accessible & free. The views from the base of the tower are still impressive. Well worth a visit - but check opening times if you want to climb up to the top!
Written 19 July 2018
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA24,056 contributions
Off-the-beaten path
Apr 2018 • Couples
We did not go all the way to the Fortress of Tentennano from Bagno Vignoni, but even doing part of it was so nice. Not s single tourist, beautiful path, which starts near Osteria dell’Orcia and runs in the woods first and then opens up to totally heart-stopping views of the valley at the bottom and the ruins of the fortress on the summit of the hill. If we only had time, we would have walked all the way. Highly recommend to hikers and avid walkers.
Written 16 July 2018
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Windfl0wer
Swindon, UK137 contributions
Amazing Views of the Val d'Orcia
Jun 2018 • Couples
We visited on a Thursday and had the Rocca d'Orcia (as it's also known) to ourselves! It's worth the effort to make a detour to the small village whose fortress can be seen for miles around, and then make the effort to climb to the top of the fortress from the inside! The last section is by metal ladder and a little awkward, but wow, the views from the top are amazing! Reaching the top affords a 360degree view of the surrounding landscape, towns and mountains. On the day we visited there was a thunderstorm rumbling around in the hills of Mount Amiata, and although we were still in the sunshine, the view and the light across to the neighbouring ruined fortress of Aldobrandesca which dominates the village of Castiglione d'Orcia was fabulous (see the picture, and we stayed dry!). And all of this for just €3.00 per person..... Fantastic!
Written 5 July 2018
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Wanderwoman19
Exeter, UK136 contributions
Well worth the effort
Jun 2017 • Couples
If you are in the area it is worth diverting to take a look at the Val d'Orcia, Monte Amiata and surrounds from this lofty vantage point. Tentennano, like Radicofani, can be seen from afar and the €3 entrance fee is well worth it. It is a bit of a climb up to the top via narrow metal ladders for the last stretch but once you get up there - what a view! The game of spot the town, spot the cypress lined drive to large houses and spot the fort - you can see that much! There is a second fortress in this town which is in a state of disrepair, but can also be seen from the top. It's also worth having a look at Castiglione d'Orcia's old town as well and not just from the top of the tower. There is parking much if it free around the base you just have to decide how far uphill you want to walk.
Written 15 June 2017
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MargiePink
Maryville30 contributions
Worth the climb
Oct 2016 • Solo
A magical vista....so with the effort! I wondered up one afternoon...we were staying in a villa below the town of Castiglione..and was rewarded by 360° views of Val d'Orcia...so beautiful! But hold onto your hat...it was quite windy! Only to be undertaken by those with independent mobility...(the metal stairs become steeper the higher you climb).. do it if you can.
Written 9 October 2016
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Francesca Roman... M
Miami Beach, FL33 contributions
medieval beautiful site
Sep 2016
The Fortress is kept beautifully in this tiny village away from the noise of the city. The view over the Orcia Valley is priceless. If you are looking for a quiet moment away from the city, good wine and food and fresh air, you cant miss this spot.
Written 29 September 2016
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monzicles
London16 contributions
Quiet and spectacular
Sep 2016 • Couples
This was an unexpected treasure. You can climb to the castle roof with amazing panoramic views. The castle itself is beautifully kept and clearly well looked after. When we visited the castle was displaying Shakespeare-inspired artwork inside which was a lovely enhancement to the mood. We visited around lunchtime on a weekday and had the place to ourselves, and it felt very tranquil. Would highly recommend, and the small entry fee of 3 Euros is well worth it.
Written 15 September 2016
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Lukasz_Cz
Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland54 contributions
Monumental fortress Game of Thrones like with great view
May 2016 • Couples
Our hosts recommended us to go there as we were planning trip to Bagni San Filippo and it was really worth it. The fortress is small but monumental (30 minutes is enough to visit, ticket 3 EUR). You start to wonder how those guys in medieval times were able to construct such thing. The whole thing resembles some sceneries from Game of Thrones but as far as I know it didn't starred there :) And not many tourists around what I liked.
Written 29 May 2016
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