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“Amazing Views of the Val d'Orcia”

Fortress of Tentennano
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: A short distance from Castiglione, the imposing fortress of the Rocca di Tentennano dominates the village of Rocca d'Orcia, rising up still today to guard over the Orcia valley below, where pilgrims, merchants, and travelers once made their way along the Via Francigena. Through the courtyard, visitors can enter the halls that once housed a garrison of soldiers and climb up to the top of the keep, from which they can enjoy a sweeping view of the countryside.
Reviewed 5 July 2018

We visited on a Thursday and had the Rocca d'Orcia (as it's also known) to ourselves! It's worth the effort to make a detour to the small village whose fortress can be seen for miles around, and then make the effort to climb to the top of the fortress from the inside! The last section is by metal ladder and a little awkward, but wow, the views from the top are amazing!

Reaching the top affords a 360degree view of the surrounding landscape, towns and mountains. On the day we visited there was a thunderstorm rumbling around in the hills of Mount Amiata, and although we were still in the sunshine, the view and the light across to the neighbouring ruined fortress of Aldobrandesca which dominates the village of Castiglione d'Orcia was fabulous (see the picture, and we stayed dry!).

And all of this for just €3.00 per person..... Fantastic!

Thank Windfl0wer
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Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

If you are in the area it is worth diverting to take a look at the Val d'Orcia, Monte Amiata and surrounds from this lofty vantage point. Tentennano, like Radicofani, can be seen from afar and the €3 entrance fee is well worth it. It is a bit of a climb up to the top via narrow metal ladders for the last stretch but once you get up there - what a view! The game of spot the town, spot the cypress lined drive to large houses and spot the fort - you can see that much! There is a second fortress in this town which is in a state of disrepair, but can also be seen from the top.

It's also worth having a look at Castiglione d'Orcia's old town as well and not just from the top of the tower. There is parking much if it free around the base you just have to decide how far uphill you want to walk.

2  Thank Wanderwoman19
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Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

A magical vista....so with the effort!
I wondered up one afternoon...we were staying in a villa below the town of Castiglione..and was rewarded by 360° views of Val d'Orcia...so beautiful! But hold onto your hat...it was quite windy!
Only to be undertaken by those with independent mobility...(the metal stairs become steeper the higher you climb).. do it if you can.

2  Thank MargiePink
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

The Fortress is kept beautifully in this tiny village away from the noise of the city. The view over the Orcia Valley is priceless. If you are looking for a quiet moment away from the city, good wine and food and fresh air, you cant miss this spot.

2  Thank TamarMaayan
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Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

This was an unexpected treasure. You can climb to the castle roof with amazing panoramic views. The castle itself is beautifully kept and clearly well looked after. When we visited the castle was displaying Shakespeare-inspired artwork inside which was a lovely enhancement to the mood. We visited around lunchtime on a weekday and had the place to ourselves, and it felt very tranquil. Would highly recommend, and the small entry fee of 3 Euros is well worth it.

2  Thank monzicles
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