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Fortress of Tentennano

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magillicuddy75 wrote a review Aug 2019
Paris, France308 contributions79 helpful votes
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This place was not indicated in several guidebooks we used on our trip but we saw it on our map and said “Let’s go". So glad we did. Breathtaking views from the top. Historically very interesting. I would recommend going for the sheer beauty of the view though you have to climb a bit to get to the top!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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John B wrote a review Aug 2019
Toronto, Canada2,982 contributions1,582 helpful votes
While a little off the beaten path it's definitely worth a visit to the Fortress not only for the spectacular views from up top (the valley and gorgeous Tuscan landscape seems to go for ever) but also for the restoration work that was done to the structure. It is most imposing and you need to climb up steep steps and a suspended pathway to enter the building (the entrance is 18 feet up from ground level) then ascend even steeper stairs to gain access to the upper levels and roof of the fortress (the views make it worthwhile!). The barrel-vaulted ceilings are still intact and one gets a real sense of how grim it must have been to lived in such an austere structure. There are information boards throughout with English translations. Entrance is 3E per person and there is free parking. Also walk down the road leading to the left of the fortress to go down into the spectacular medieval village of Rocca D'Orcia.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Fraser's Travels & Craft Beer wrote a review Jul 2018
Chelmsford, United Kingdom724 contributions142 helpful votes
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Arrived too late to actually enter the fortress, and hence see the 360degree views from the top. However, there is a public pathway around a part of the base of the tower/fortress which is easily accessible & free. The views from the base of the tower are still impressive. Well worth a visit - but check opening times if you want to climb up to the top!
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Noraatc wrote a review Jul 2018
Sudbury, Massachusetts22,828 contributions1,054 helpful votes
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We did not go all the way to the Fortress of Tentennano from Bagno Vignoni, but even doing part of it was so nice. Not s single tourist, beautiful path, which starts near Osteria dell’Orcia and runs in the woods first and then opens up to totally heart-stopping views of the valley at the bottom and the ruins of the fortress on the summit of the hill. If we only had time, we would have walked all the way. Highly recommend to hikers and avid walkers.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Windfl0wer wrote a review Jul 2018
Swindon, United Kingdom137 contributions34 helpful votes
We visited on a Thursday and had the Rocca d'Orcia (as it's also known) to ourselves! It's worth the effort to make a detour to the small village whose fortress can be seen for miles around, and then make the effort to climb to the top of the fortress from the inside! The last section is by metal ladder and a little awkward, but wow, the views from the top are amazing! Reaching the top affords a 360degree view of the surrounding landscape, towns and mountains. On the day we visited there was a thunderstorm rumbling around in the hills of Mount Amiata, and although we were still in the sunshine, the view and the light across to the neighbouring ruined fortress of Aldobrandesca which dominates the village of Castiglione d'Orcia was fabulous (see the picture, and we stayed dry!). And all of this for just €3.00 per person..... Fantastic!
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Date of experience: June 2018
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