semproniano

At the heart of Semproniano is an austere tranquility. With little more than 200 people calling this small Maremman town home, Semproniano dedicates itself completely to the preservation of its rich history and tradition.

It's hard to choose what Semproniano's most endearing feature is. There's its serene countryside, caught between the Albegna and Fiora Rivers in a valley that is green even in the middle of winter.

Or there are its rickety stone houses, squeezed in between humble churches and grand palazzi that have, over the centuries, been infused with an intense character.

Or there's its fortress, the Rocca Aldobrandesca, which despite being little more than a ruin, continues to shadow the town with its grace and imposing presence.

Of course, Semproniano isn't a memorial to the past devoid of any modern life (whatever my rather poetic descriptions will have you believe). It's also home to a small community of locals who are attractions all in themselves.

Incredibly welcoming and fiercely self-sufficient - a trait that stems from their brief autonomy following WWI - Semproniano's residents are beyond courteous. If your Italian is any good then take the time to have a chat with the shop keepers or the tabaccheria owners. They'll guide you to the best restaurants in the area, the ones where they go to eat and there's not a tourist menu in sight.

Sights

Chiesa di Santa Croce

Built in the 12th century, this church may look like a cottage on the outside, but its grand interior will leave you grasping for words.

Chiesa SS Vincenzo

A rectangular-shaped church built in the 13th century and, unlike most nearby churches, left almost completely unaltered.

Pieve di Santa Cristina

A beautiful little church with an enthralling Templar history to match. It’s located in the nearby town of Rocchette di Fazio.

Bosco Rocconi

Easily one of the most beautiful nature reserve in the region, this is a must for anyone who loves a good walk or hike.

Museums

Museo Mineralogico 

This museum honours one of the oldest symbols of this land- minerals, and the tools used over the centuries to extract them.

Events

Festa della Panzanella

August

Panzanella is a bread salad made with sliced bread, tomatoes, basil, olive oil and vinegar. It’s a Tuscan delicacy, and no one makes it better than Semproniano’s locals.

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