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The village of Santa Fiora stands on a hill and is divided into three districts: Castello, Borgo and Montecatino. The district of Castello, the oldest, has a medieval square dominated by the remains of the Aldobrandesque fortifications and the sixteenth-century palace of the Sforza Cesarini counts, today the municipal seat.
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A look at Santa Fiora
A look at Santa Fiora

About the village

Located on the southern slope of Monte Amiata, the hamlet is extended on a hill and is divided into three “terzieri” (neighborhoods) Castello, Borgo and Montecatino, decreasing in succession from the chestnut groves to the springs of the river Fiora. The Castello, the oldest terziere, has a medieval square dominated by the ruins of the fortifications from the sixteenth-century palace of the Sforza Cesarini counts, which is now site of the municipality. Among the frescoes of Cavalier d'Arpino's school and the Museum of Monte Amiata mercury mines, you can clearly understand the peculiarities of the place where, in Piazza San Michele, you can find the sculpture of the saint that steps on the devil. After visiting the parish church of Saints Flora and Lucilla, which houses one of the largest collections in the world of the "robbiane", glazed terracottas by Luca and Andrea Della Robbia, you will enter through the medieval Porticciola in the second terziere Borgo, and then in the Ghetto area where the synagogue once rose. From Porta San Michele you will finally arrive in the terziere of Montecatino, where the abundance of water in the past had favored the emerging of some factories. Here what captures the attention is an unexpected body of water: the splendid sixteenth-century Peschiera that, according to Cesare Brandi, looks unforgettable and that, alone, is worth the trip. Next to Peschiera you will notice a vast park or garden of the Sforza era and the seventeenth-century church of Madonna delle Nevi which rises above the springs of river Fiora, that you can easily see under the glass floor.

Between the municipalities of the province of Grosseto, Santa Fiora is the one that maintained its customs and traditions the most among the others, and it also boasts a substantial amount of festivals during the year. Just to name a few: the Canti di Questua della Befana, an ancient recurring event related to the dicioccatori's return from the Maremma immediately after the picking of chestnuts; the Carnevale Morto, which is the only local representation that deals with the theme of death and macabre as self-liberation that has survived to this day in Maremma; the Spring festival and the celebration of the Saints Flora and Lucilla.

Village of Santa Fiora
Municipality of Santa Fiora
Province of Grosseto
Tuscany Region

Population: 2.542 santafioresi 
Altitude centre: 687 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Paesi Bandiera Arancione
Associazione Giochi Antichi
Unione Montana Amiata Grossetano
Strada del Vino Montecucco e dei Sapori d'Amiata

Acknowledgments
Orange Flag - Italian Touring Club

Protected Natural Areas:
Holy Trinity Forest Provincial Reserve

Municipality
Piazza Garibaldi 25 - Tel. +39 0564 979611

= distances as the crow flies

BY CAR

  • From the North: Take the A1 highway and exit at Firenze Certosa, take the Firenze - Siena highway, continue towards Grosseto until Paganico, continue following signs for Monte Amiata, reach Arcidosso and continue towards Santa Fiora.
  • From the South: In Rome, take the A12 motorway towards Civitavecchia, take the SS 1 Aurelia towards Grosseto, continue towards Grosseto until Paganico, continue towards Monte Amiata, reach Arcidosso and then follow the directions for Santa Fiora.

ON THE TRAIN

  • Chiusi-Chianciano Terme station
  • Grosseto station

BY PLANE

  • Florence airport
  • Pisa airport
  • Rome Fiumicino Airport

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= distances as the crow flies

Events

tuesday
7
june, 2022

InCantiamo

friday
29
july, 2022

Sante Flora e Lucilla

sunday
31
july, 2022

Palio of the Saints

friday
5
august, 2022

Feast of the Madonna delle Nevi

sunday
14
august, 2022

At the table with the Sforza

tuesday
16
august, 2022

Fiera di San Rocco

wednesday
17
august, 2022

White Night

tuesday
27
september, 2022

PleinAir

monday
3
october, 2022

Feast of San Michele

from
saturday
8
october, 2022
to sunday 23 october 2022

Experience in the Castagneto

tuesday
27
december, 2022

Living Nativity

friday
30
december, 2022

The torchlight procession

sunday
1
january, 2023

New Year's concert

thursday
5
january, 2023

Songs of Questua della Befana

friday
3
february, 2023

Feast of San Biagio

wednesday
8
february, 2023

Black night

friday
7
april, 2023

Via Crucis

from
tuesday
25
april, 2023
to monday 1 may 2023

Sing Fiora

wednesday
3
may, 2023

The procession of May 3

wednesday
3
may, 2023

Feast of the Crosses

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