Route: Radicofani

Area: Italy, Tuscany

Date of walk: 9th October 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 2.8 miles

Ascent: 700 feet

Weather: Sunshine and blue skies

On the last day of a wonderful walking holiday in Tuscany, we decided to visit the old hilltop town of Radicofani in the Val d’Orcia region. For centuries this was one of the most important strongholds in Italy. Its fortress can be seen from dozens of miles away, and it appears to dominate the village, where it guarded the border between the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the Papal States for hundreds of years. Built just after the year 1000, the fortress was renovated many times over the centuries, partially knocked down in the 1700’s before being officially restored at the beginning of the last century

We parked at the western edge of the town and headed south along a lane, passing by the town graveyard and then climbing up to the castle entrance (a small fee is payable for entry). We wandered around the fortifications and then climbed a series of staircases up to the balcony at the top of the tower. From here we enjoyed huge views, from the entire Val d’Orcia to Monte Amiata, the Apennines and the Trasimeno and Bolsena lakes. This is arguably the most extensive viewpoint in the whole of Tuscany

After leaving the castle grounds we rejoined the road and after a short distance turned off to follow a green lane around the hillside. The views from there were restricted by trees and shrubs, but it was a pleasant stroll. We emerged at a road leading to the east end of the village. Here we followed the main street, Via Roma, which runs through the town. Radicofani is an attractive and unspoilt place, built in dark volcanic stone from nearby Monte Amiata, and we enjoyed a ramble through its old streets before arriving back at the start

It’s worth mentioning that although I’ve shown a walking route on the maps links, it’s a very short one and could easily be omitted from the itinerary – the main points of interest are the village itself and the fortress above

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