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What to see in Semproniano, Grosseto, Tuscany

Catabbio is a charming hamlet nestled among the rolling hills of the Grosseto Maremma, in the heart of Italy. This hamlet of Semproniano is strategically located between the valleys of the Albegna and Fiora hills, representing a stronghold in the hilly hinterland of Tuscany. Located about 5 km southeast of the center of the municipal capital, Catabbio is near a crossroads that leads to Pitigliano on one side and Manciano on the other.

Catabbio consists of eight ancient hamlets: Santarello, Casa Rigo, Verziliani, Acquamara, Scalabrelli, Casa Zammarchi, Casa Iaconi and Monti. The Latin place name, Catabulum, suggests the presence of a place reserved for cattle breeding, further confirmation of the charming rurality of the village.

In the distant past, the first settlement would have originated on a scenic knoll known as Catabbiaccio, which would have housed a Roman settlement, an Aldobrandesque castle and finally an episcopal villa. According to local legend, Catabbiaccio had the honor of hosting Ildebrando di Soana, who later became Pope Gregory VII.

The modern village of Catabbio centers its social life around the hamlet of Santarello, where the Church of Sant'Anna stands out. Another prominent church is the Church of Santa Lucia, located in the hamlet of Scalabrelli, which was an important hub for the liturgical celebrations of the bishops of Sovana during their stays in the nearby villa of Catabbiaccio.

Continuing along the road from Scalabrelli, one reaches Case Zammarchi, where there is the picturesque Chapel of the Assumption, along with a Monte Pio that was responsible for distributing grain to local families in need.

Catabbio is distinguished by its inhabitants' special veneration of St. Blaise, whose statue is kept inside the Church of Santa Lucia. The feast of the saint, celebrated on the evening of February 3, is still the subject of traditional celebrations in the village, culminating in the preparation of "migliacci," special local crepes. These customs show how fond the people of Catabbio are of their roots and the traditions of the past.

Overall, Catabbio is a place of great charm, encompassing centuries of history and culture. A perfect destination for those who want to immerse themselves in an incredible travel experience among the wonders of the most authentic Tuscany.

  • 58055, Semproniano (Grosseto)
  • Small villages



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