Arcidosso is an ancient medieval village that rises on the slopes of Mount Amiata in Tuscany, on the side of the province of Grosseto. It is dominated by the Aldobrandesco Castle, which is one of the oldest and best-preserved castles in Europe, Arcidosso has a very fascinating historic centre which captures the tourist at first sight. The numerous churches, the city walls, the Acqua d’Alto waterfall, the Monte Labbro nature reserve, the Amiata wildlife park are some of the beauties that the small centre offers to its visitors.

Things to do in Arcidosso

chestnut festival 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, 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 artisan products alternated with food stands, while exhibitions are held in the Castle.

Music on Arcidosso

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 town, the air is filled with music and the evenings are enlivened by numerous concerts held at the Teatro degli Unanimi or at the Santuario della Masonna Incoronata. For information, access the Clazz Music Festival website.

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Events in the area

The town 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 Festa della Poesia and the Festa della Luna in Salaiola, which take place respectively in July and August. Also in August, the Sagra della Patata Macchiaiola in Le Macchie and the Maxi Music Parade which, for one evening, transforms the sleepy village of Montelaterone into the centre of techno music and attracts young people from all over the world. The Festa dell’Olio 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”.

Arcidosso - Mount Labro

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 travelled in the direction of Mount 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, theatres, and museums

  • Teatro degli Unanimi
  • Davide Lazzaretti Museum

There are also excellent hotels, B&Bs 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 you can eat.

Attractions

  • 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

Institutional and tourist websites

Chestnut festival

told by a Lucchese

Feast of the Pina

In the parish church of Santa Maria a Lamula

Wildlife Park

Wildlife Park in Arcidosso

Merigar tibetan center

Merigar tibetan center in Arcidosso