La Rocca di Staggia
La Rocca di Staggia
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In Sienese territory, just a few kilometres from Poggibonsi, heading towards Monteriggioni, stands a "Knight" on theVia Francigena, la Rocca di Staggia, the stones of which, like a book, tell the tale of five centuries of history.
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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,013 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Today Staggia draws attention to its fortress, from which the walls enclosing the village start, however today its evocative power seems on the whole less than that of nearby Monteriggioni.
Yet at its origins Staggia is much more important than Monteriggioni (which practically doesn't exist in the central centuries of the Middle Ages): as far as at the end of the 10th century, Staggia is already mentioned as a village with a fortress.
Belonged to the Lambardi and then to the Soarzi families, since 1295 the fortress passed to the Franzesi family, and from these in 1361 to the Republic of Florence. And since 1371 the works that will bring Staggia more or less to its present appearance have taken place, through the construction of a circle of walls that start from the fortress and surround the whole village.
Like Monteriggioni, Staggia and its fortress also lost importance after 1555, at the end of the "War of Siena", with the incorporation of Siena and its territories into the Florentine state. Both fortresses, which opposed each other as outposts of two often hostile territories, no longer have strategic importance.
However, the fortress has well preserved its characters and therefore its grandeur. It is a powerful and elaborate structure, with a wall enclosing a quadrangular tower (once the residence of the owner family), while the remaining, mighty towers set on the walls are round. Also noteworthy is the access ramp to the fortress that crosses the public road by a bridge, to separate the two flows of people and goods.
Unfortunately on our last visit (not so in the previous ones) we found the fortress barred. The news on the web regarding opening hours is contradictory; some are certainly not updated.
Written February 3, 2022
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maurilio c
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
During the calm seasons (april-may-november) this castle is decorously illuminated, but the very ace in the hole is the narrow arch that once upon a time was useful for the drawbridge to access to the Rocca.Through this arch it is possible to reach by bike or scooter in a fantastic land, as if the arch represented the mirror of the novel: Alice's adventures in Wonderland...vieneyards,castles,villas and breathtaking parishes and lakes surrounded by cupressus sempervirens!
Written January 15, 2022
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ctbulldog90
Putnam, CT43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
A circular walled town with 14 towers which is still intact. Interesting to see the walls and towers; not much in the inside except some shops but does have a couple of good restaurants. Excellent example of a walled defensive site used by Siena against the advances of Florence.
Written August 12, 2015
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Patrick Sullivan
Townsville, Australia50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
The castle and its history are worth the visit. Be advised it comes with a lovely lady who is totally immersed in the art and symbolism of the exhibition contained within the castle. Your visit may extend to 2 hours or more depending on your interaction.
Written September 18, 2016
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StephanieCorboPecht
Bordentown, NJ7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Family
no English spoken, but neat little village. fun to explore, very traditional. everything was closed when we got there at 2pm. wished we would have gotten there earlier in the day.
Written July 6, 2015
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Lori
Stroud, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
Saw the castle whilst on a train from Poggibonsi to Sienna and thought we'd go to see it because it looked so impressive and reminded me of castles I'd seen as a child on holiday in Wales. What a treat. Thoroughly enjoyable and informative excursion with wonderful views over Staggia and beyond. The art displays were simply wonderful and a complete surprise. Very untouristy, personal guided tour at 5 euros and an absolute bargain. Remember to give them a call beforehand. Not recommended for the disabled as there's lots of stairs but ok for children.
Written July 30, 2014
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Nicky R
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
Love this place, the village and its people from different parts of Italy. The Rocca has been transformed and occasionally hosts a wedding and 'light' shows in the summer and even a music concert... it should do more in these things.
... But, it's got a hideous form of art, made from pieces of white wool , taken from the top balcony you can walk on, thrown down the one side, in some kind of resemblance to the via francigene, walked by thousands of pilgrims... but the story is now somewhat old, literally and visually. It is tiresome to see, by the local people. And even quests I take, cannot see the beauty in this spiders web of wool... you cannot take photos of this side, as it's spoilt by what has been made.
Written January 27, 2018
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garethwilliams100
Rhyl, UK47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Solo
I write articles for history magazines, so I was looking forward to a visit to the castle. The tour guide was a lovely lady but I found her explanations of the artwork both laborious and unnecessary. Please don't think I have no love of art - I have a BA(Hons) in Graphic Art, but her desire to explain the minutiae of every different project in each location became irritating. Sadly, your gaining entrance to the towers is dependent on your accepting the full tour, which includes an excruciating description of every symbolist nuance present in the artwork. Nevertheless, some of her historical points concerning the architecture are worth the wait. As a true Brit, I left her a generous tip, because she is obviously engrossed in the pretentious trappings scattered around the castle. I'm so sorry to write this as the lady is sincerely engrossed in her subject, but, regretfully, I found it all a waste of time. If the keys to the towers could be made available without this artisan harangue then I would recommend it to everyone! Again: sorry!
Written April 12, 2017
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Alessandra A
Turin, Italy29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you have to go out of your way to visit the Rocca di Staggia, well do it. We hadn't booked our tour, we just showed up at the gate and off we went, deep-diving into medieval history. The castle is beautiful in itself, the views are amazing, but what really made the difference for us was our guide: very knowleadgeable, despite being more versed in French he still managed to bring the castle alive with anectodes, reenacting the life of a pilgrim on the Via Francigena. Very entertaining, absolutely a must in the area.
Written August 29, 2014
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dekomo
Moscow, Russia1,269 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Solo
To enter the fortress you pay 5 Euro for the short guided tour. The towers are locked and are not visitable unescorted. I was only solo but nevertheless the custodian showed me everything and told about fortress' history. He speaks English well. The place is far from being overcrowded (really, I was the only tourist for at least 45 minutes). You can see here the old fortifications as well as nice views of Staggia and surroundings from the tower. The condition of the fortification is rather poor but the whole object looks picturesque.
If you don't travel by car you can take the bus of Siena-Poggibonsi-San Gimignano line (but remember that not all of them itinerate Staggia).
Written January 1, 2014
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