monumento ursinea

Located at the feet of the Palazzo Orsini, this travertine statue was built in the 1500s to celebrate the marriage between the Orsini’s youngest son and the last of the Aldobrandeschi’s daughters.

The statue is a heraldic bear roaring in what I think is as very vicious way. The bear was the symbol of the Orsini family and the statue also has an inscription in Latin, which speaks of the might of the powerful family.

As Pitigliano‘s locals loved their Orsini rulers, the statue was seen as a sign of their own power as a city as well.

Medieval Pitigliano was one of the strongest cities in the Maremma and its local liked to remind their enemies of that fact.