Arcidosso, an ancient medieval village dominated by the Aldobrandesco Castle, which is one of the oldest and best preserved castles in Europe, is now synonymous with Castagna in Festa and craft chestnut beer.
What to see in Arcidosso
Chestnut in celebration
During the two weekends at the end of October, thousands of tourists come from all over Italy to Arcidosso to enjoy the festive atmosphere with which the alleys of the historic center fill, animated by the cellars where you can taste many of the typical dishes of Mount Amiata and in where roasted chestnuts and mulled wine are the protagonists of long evenings spent listening to music, present in every corner.
Along the course the stalls of handicrafts alternated with food stands, while exhibitions are held in the Castle.
Classical Music with the Clazz International Music Festival
For some years this ancient village has also become synonymous with classical music, thanks to the Clazz International Music Festival which takes place every year in July. Students from all over the world gather here to study with internationally renowned artists and throughout the month, in every corner of the country, the air is filled with music and the evenings are enlivened by numerous concerts held at the Teatro degli Unanimi or at the Sanctuary of the Crowned Madonna. For information, access the Clazz Music Festival website.
The country is surrounded by numerous hamlets, each of which is characterized by an event that acquires more and more prestige every year and attracts more and more people: the Poetry Festival and the Moon Festival in Salaiola, which take place respectively in July and August . Also in August, the Macchiaiola Potato Festival in Le Macchie and the Maxi Music Parade which, for one evening, transforms the sleepy village of Montelaterone into the center of techno music and attracts young people from all over the world. The Oil Festival in Montelaterone in November.
Inside the Aldobrandesco Castle there is the Museum of Davide Lazzaretti, an Amiata barrocciaio who, in the second half of the 19th century, founded a religious community on Monte Labbro, whose life was staged by Simone Cristicchi in his recital “The second son of God”.
Monte Labbro (or Labro) and Wildlife Park
Monte Labbro is also the Wildlife Park and Tibetan Merigar Center, inaugurated by the Dalai Lama in 1990 and home to spiritual retreats held by Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu every year, which attract people from all over the world to the country.
Arcidosso is also one of the places of mystery, rich in esoteric symbols, visible in many buildings in the historic center, including the Aldobrandesco Castle, where the engraving of a triple wall was recently found, very similar to the triple wall found in the countries. Netherlands. It is a symbolism that reveals a very high degree of knowledge and suggests that characters belonging to the innermost circle of the Knights Templar gravitated in this area.
How to get there
By car you can reach it by taking the freeway that connects Grosseto to Siena. Arrived at the exit of Paganico, the last 25 km are traveled in the direction of Monte Amiata, along a road that winds through the sinuous hills, in the area where the Maremma joins the Val d’Orcia. It can also be reached from the A1, exiting at Chiusi and continuing towards Cassia, climbing to Vivo d’Orcia and then descending towards Castel del Piano.
Cinemas, theaters and musesi
- Unanimous Theater
- Davide Lazzaretti Museum
There are also excellent hotels, hotels and farmhouses where you can spend a peaceful holiday; you can find them all on our page on “where to stay in Arcidosso“.
Discover also the restaurants, pizzerias and pubs where to eat.
Points of interest
- Church of San Niccolò, dated 1144
- Church of Sant’Andrea, dating back to 1188
- Church of San Leonardo
- Church of San Clemente and Pieve di Santa Maria a Lamula in Montelaterone.
- Convent of the Capuchins, at the foot of the hamlet of San Lorenzo
- Sanctuary of the Crowned Madonna
- Gompa of Merigar West, a Tibetan sacred building located in nearby Monte Labbro
- Walls, dating back to the 11th century
- Aldobrandesco castle