Strolling through pretty Capalbio

Capalbio is a lovely medieval village in southern Tuscany. Perched on top of a hill, it overlooks the surrounding Maremma countryside with vineyards, the Mediterranean scrub and the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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The amazing panorama & landscape around Capalbio

During the Middle Ages, it belonged to the Aldobrandeschi family, then the Orsini Counts, and later it was annexed to the Sienese Republic. When the territory was turned over to Cosimo dei Medici, it began a slow demographic and economic decline. This led to the onset of the banditry, which plagued the Maremma for a great number of years.

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Butteri cowboys ride near Capalbio

Today, the town’s medieval structure is almost completely intact. You can appreciate its charm by walking along the narrow streets in the historic center, along the massive walls (the path of the ancient patrol), and at the Sienese entrance gate with 15-century wooden doors. Do not miss Chiesa di San Nicola, dating back to the Middle Ages and featuring beautiful frescoes; and the Renaissance-style Palazzo Collacchioni in the historic center.

Capalbio Ancient city walls

Patrolling the Ancient city walls

In the vicinity of Capalbio, you can visit the WWF Oasis of Lake Burano, the Tarot Garden, a number of wineries, and the beaches of Chiarore, Macchiatonda and la Torba. Many vineyards in the area produce the Capalbio DOC wines, which come in all forms: red, white, rosé and even Vin Santo (dessert wine).

Capalbio Sunset

Romantic at Sunset!

Every year, Capalbio hosts a number of small but prestigious culture and artistic events, such as Capalbio Cinema International Short Film Festival, and PhC Capalbiofotografia.

Capalbio is one of the region’s main artisanal and artistic centers. Among the cultural local initiatives is Capalbio Arte, which was created to promote handmade crafts.

 

Photo credits: all images from comune.capalbio.gr.it

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San Bruzio: ruins of a Romanic Church in Maremma

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“San Bruzio: Milky Way in Magliano in Toscana” by Ugo Oybaff

San Bruzio is one of the most refined Romanic monuments of Maremma. The monks of the Order of Saint Benedict dedicated the church to San Tiburzio, and its construction was completed towards the end of the XII century.

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Photo by Loki_racer ( CC BY-SA 4.0 Wikimedia Commons)

The evocative ruins of this beautiful church are located in the countryside 2 km away from Magliano in Toscana in southern Tuscany. The remains of the monastic complex include the presbytery surmounted by an octagonal ciborium that once supported the roof, parts of the transept and parts of the apse.

A few decorations have also survived, with some of the column capitals, and a small number of bas-reliefs and sculptures, some of the first examples ever of Gothic style.