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!
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