Paolo Fefe

Seggiano is town passionate about its olives. Sitting high in the Val d'Orcia, it is surrounded by a rugged mountain landscape that is so apt at growing olives that it gave its name to its own variety known as the olivastra seggionese.

This variety is grown by farmers across the countryside and by locals  in their private gardens, and it makes the best olive oil I have ever tasted!

The sight of rows and rows of olive groves encircling Seggiano is so beautiful that 18th century poet Giorgio Santi immortalized it in this romantic prose: "La collina è guarnita di belli uliveti, che nutrono olivi di vecchiezza e grandezza straordinaria" (The hill is topped by beautiful olive groves, which give life to old and extraordinary-sized olives).

With such enthusiasm for Mother Nature's bounty comes a great love of food, and the Seggionese love their food more than anyone else in the Maremma. They're also renowned for some incredible dishes including 'pollo in scottiglia', a beautiful chicken dish with a thick tomato sauce and 'tacchino con le castagne' - turkey braised with roasted chestnuts and wine. And, trust me, they are as mouthwatering as they sound!

But Seggiano isn't just about food. Sure tourists will be hard pressed to taste better traditional fare elsewhere, but there's plenty to do and see here in between meals too.

With more than 11 centuries under its belt, Seggiano complements its tranquil and lush countryside with a wealth of impressive military and religious buildings that have survived the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, two world wars, and an endless array of different-minded leaders and dictators.

When not admiring the exquisite and understated beauty of Seggiano's churches and monuments, most take to the kilometres of walking and biking tracks that wind around the countryside and up into the surrounding mountains.

Photos: Paolo Fefe and Salvatore Barbera via Flickr.

Sights

Chiesa di San Bernardino


This church was built in the 15th century and completely restored in 1869, when the stone facade was added and the bell tower repaired.

Chiesa San Bartolomeo

The Chiesa di San Bartolemo was built in 1216 under the supervision of the Abbey of Saint Antimo and it remains today a true religious treasure.

Madonna della Carità

Technically just outside Seggiano but too beautiful not to mention, the Madonna della Carità sits in a garden of wild olive trees.

Giardino Daniel Spoerri


Not something you see in every Maremman town, this sculpture garden is modern art at its finest and most organic. A must see!

Events

Sagra del Picio

August

A charming food festival that captures the best of Seggiano in the summertime and the divine pici pasta, which was actually created nearby.

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