Visit the enchanting hamlet of Radicofani and the caste of Ghino di Tacco, the famous medieval bandit, mentioned by Dante and Boccaccio in their eminent writings.
Radicofani rises over a volcanic rocky crag facing Mount Amiata beyond Cassia road, inside the UNESCO magnificient scenery of park of Val d’Orcia. Ancient fortress, also like other villages, possession of the abbey of Abbadia San Salvatore, had particular influence over the road below: Via Francigena. This route was one of the main accesses to Rome coming from Northern Italy. This way Radicofani was able to gain power and develop.
Thanks to its strategic position, from the fortress of Radicofani it is possible to enjoy the lovely views of Amiata and Orcia valley. The small hamlet represents an ideal town where to rest enjoying calm and relaxing living of a Tuscan village.
Ghino di Tacco was a bandit and a popular hero during the 13th century. He became a fugitive after repeated acts of robberies to the merchants, travelers and pilgrams going to Rome. He saw on the position of Radicofani the perfect opportunity to control the surroundings roads to become richer and more powerful. He took part in a fight for the ownership of Radicofani fortress managing to conquer it, making it his base for his act of banditry.
A mix of facts and legends, stories and anecdotes make this peaceful town an intriguing and beautiful place to discover.