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Address: Piazza Fortezza Orsini, 25, 58017 Pitigliano, Italy
Phone Number:
+39 0564 616074
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10:00 - 13:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 13:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The palace-fortress of the Counts Orsini is one of the most fascinating...

The palace-fortress of the Counts Orsini is one of the most fascinating architecture of the whole southern Tuscany. Born in 1100 as a fortress of the Aldobrandeschi, passed to the Orsini family in 1313. At the end of 1700, owned by the Medici and Lorraine, became the residence of the Bishop of Sovana and then the seat of the central offices of the Diocese.The structure of the building tells centuries of history of the noble families who built and inhabited: the high tower of the keep, the elegant Renaissance inner square, the frescoed rooms newly restored, with portraits of the Orsini and the zodiac symbols are of great historical, cultural and artistic attraction.Since 1989, much of the building was converted into a museum collection of art from both the building itself that the parishes of the Diocese of Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello fifteenth and sixteenth century frescoes, tables and paintings of famous authors, including Guidoccio Cozzarelli, Jerome Welcome, Francesco Zuccarelli; wooden statue of the Madonna and Child by Jacopo della Quercia and interesting furnishings for liturgical worship.

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This area is little known territory that borders with Tuscany and Lazio north of Lago di Bolsena in what was a scenic landscape for me when I was living in Capodimonte as part off... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2017
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Reviewed 21 April 2017

This area is little known territory that borders with Tuscany and Lazio north of Lago di Bolsena in what was a scenic landscape for me when I was living in Capodimonte as part off excursion for exploring the central part of Italy many years ago long before the range of calendar dates suitable for indicating the time of my visit... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 23 June 2016

We enjoyed this but English translation of artefacts was patchy. The only staff person in attendance hard virtually no English which was frustrating.

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freehold, United States
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Reviewed 8 May 2016

We had a personal tour of the fortress by a lovely guide from the museum as this small town is not heavily visited. The design of the tour is very intersting. WEll worth tyhe time and money.

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Edwardsburg, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed 19 October 2015

It was fun and interesting to walk through. Learned some history and saw what life was like when Pitiligano was first built. I recommend this Museum.

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Reviewed 14 August 2015

Like a labyrinth with so many winding staircases, the building is interesting but the exhibition of religious artifacts is dull and there is little attempt to bring history alive.

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Reviewed 29 March 2015

We have been a few times and it has some really interesting local things displayed. The history of the building itself is given on the guide but is missing a few interesting facts but none the less you'll find that it is worth taking a peek, especially since the cost is minimal.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

Interesting castle, but old-style presentation -- limited explanations provided for non-Italian-speaking visitors.

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San Pedro, CA
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Palazzo Orsini is such a beautiful space and has many wonderful artifacts. Had those artifacts been labeled or arranged in a meaningful way, it would have been a much better experience. As an example, there was a large glass case of jewelry on display. It was a mix of periods and styles, arranged seemingly at random, with no information about... More 

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Reviewed 9 October 2012

This palazzo is at the heart of this stunning hill town which is in southern Tuscany-far from the the usual sights of Sienna, Florence, Pisa and Lucca. A little low on interpretation in some rooms but still a fascinating collection. Do not ignore the rest of the town including the old ghetto area

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Reviewed 8 September 2012

Doesn't open Mondays but is pretty interesting as you meander through the various rooms of this museum. Torture machines, old books...the themes throughout the rooms were good. I didn't really expect that much from a quaint little place like Pitigliano but it is really good.

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