Radicofani and Ghino di Tacco: what to see in a Val d’Orcia village

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Radicofani, Ghino di Tacco e l’Amiata

What to see in Val d’Orcia? An unmissable stop: Radicofani and the legendary Ghino di Tacco. From the Rocca to the Bosco Isabella, a village covered with mystery.

Ghino di Tacco would be proud to see how his village has been preserved over the centuries.

Glad, far from mass tourism that too often distorts the Genius Loci of a place.

This indomitable knight, seen by many as a brigand, never surrendered to the power of Siena, defended his independence until he paid the price of his life.

In Radicofani you still breathe this atmosphere of absolutes.

It will be the breathtaking view, it will be the breath of the story that still speaks among its alleys.

Radicofani still has its soul intact. Every day it feeds it to its ancient sources, the forge under the benevolent influence of the Amiata.

Ghino di Tacco still watches over Radicofani, his gaze directed like an arrow towards the top of his Rocca

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Radicofani, the Rocca

 

Radicofani: what to see in a day

The Rocca of Ghino di Tacco

From the Fortress of Radicofani you dominate the whole Val d’Orcia.

With more than a thousand years of history behind it, the Fortress still retains a good part of the stone structures.

Today it houses the Museo del Cassero and it is possible to visit it (entrance 4 euros).

Do not miss the climb into the Rocca: you will be at about 1000 meters above sea level with an unforgettable panoramic view over the whole Val d’Orcia.

 

The church of San Pietro and the statue of Ghino di Tacco

Walking through the alleys of the village, we arrive at the Church of San Pietro.

Built in volcanic stone in the X-XI century, with Romanesque-Gothic architecture, a thirteenth-century portal and a mullioned window in the facade.

The shady interior invites to recollection and listening.

Here the devotion of the inhabitants of Radicofani pulsates, the church also houses a wooden black Madonna.

Once out, open on Val d’Orcia, you will find a small public park.

Sit on the benches and enjoy the beautiful panorama that opens up in front of you.

You will also find a stone statue: it represents the ancient soul of Radicofani. Ghino di Tacco turns his proud gaze towards the village and its “impregnable Rocca”

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Radicofani, panorama

 

The Casale della Posta and the Medicis Fountain

Radicofani was a step of Via Franchigena where pilgrims and travellers found a roughing refreshment.

Built by Medici in ‘500, Casale della Posta can be reached by a short walk: it appears framed by double row of cypresses.

Casanova, Stendhal, Charles Dickens e Goethe have found there an accomodation. On the other side of the street, the stone seventeenth-century fountain bears the Medici coat of arms supported by two stone angels.

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Radicofani, Casale della Posta

 

The ‘Bosco Isabella’ garden

The Bosco Isabella  is a romantic garden located in south of Radicofani.

The designer of this garden was Odoardo Luchini which dedicated it to his wife, Isabella.

The structure is influenced by Luchini Family’s tastes who had travelled a lot to Anglo-saxon countries.

Today Bosco Isabella is owned by the city and its entry is free.

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Radicofani, il Bosco Isabella

 

Where to eat in Radicofani

Radicofani, like other villages in the Val d’Orcia, has restaurants offering tasty Tuscan cuisine.

I was personally at La Grotta Restaurant, and I wrote a review.

 

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Radicofani, vista dalla strada per Contignano

 

VISIT RADICOFANI: USEFUL INFO

The Fortress of Radicofani, visiting hours

Radicofani is a part of  Parco della Val d’Orcia

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Radicofani, an Amiata view

 

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