Once the most important church in Pitigliano, the Chiesa di San Rocco, then known as the Chiesa di Santa Maria, fell out of favour when the city’s Cattedrale was finished.
Still, this church has its own charm that stems from its incredible marble worked exterior and unique frescoes.
Historians are convinced that San Rocco is the oldest church in Pitigliano, dating back to somewhere between the 12th or 13th century.
It was then rebuilt by a famous architect known as Giovanni da Traù il Dalmata at the behest of Nicholas III Orsini in the late 15th century, and many of the finest architectural elements were modified to suit the style of the time.
The facade is now best described as late Renaissance, decorated at the bottom by four Corinthian pilasters and a portal.
On the left side of the church is the only remaining original piece of the building – a lintel kept from the previous medieval structure.
The interior has a trapezoidal shape with three naves, divided by Ionic columns, but it’s really the rose-coloured exterior that tourists have come to love about this church!
Inside you can see some beautiful, if a bit faded, coats of arms (above), all of them belong to the different families who have ruled Pitigliano.
The biggest one at the bottom belongs to none other than the Medici.
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