|Semproniano is situated just 9 km from Terme di Saturnia, in a hilly territory, between splendid scenes and landscapes of the Maremma Tuscany. With its cultivated countryside, waterways and valleys of the rivers Albegna and Fiora, the village deserves to be visited.
Main sights are the medieval Palazzo Civico and Palazzo dei Vicari Mediceo, the church of Santa Croce, faced by the remains of the Aldobrandeschi castle (Rocca), the 12th century (renamed in the 16th century) Pieve dei Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio, the castle of Catabbio, built in the 12th century by the Aldobrandeschi and later used by the Orsini of Pitigliano, and the notable medieval burgh of Rocchette di Fazio.
The centre of Semproniano, with tight and tortuous roads, was developed in semicircles around the Aldobrandescan Fortress. There is not much left of the fortress, however the panoramic view at Mt. Amiata is worth the trip.
Within the ancient and beautiful walls lie the ruins of the Aldobrandeschi fortress, in which only the foundations remain today. Sideways of the fortress, on the square, there is the Chiesa di Santa Croce (Church of Holy Cross), built in the 12th century and a symbol of the town's romantic atmosphere. It has a Roman Gothic style, with a bell tower dedicated to Saint Vincent and Anastasio and a painting of the Rosario on the inside walls. La Pieve dei Santi Vincenzo ed Anastasio (The Parish Church of Saint Vincenzo and Anastasio) is a religious building dating back to the 13th century and home to some splendid frescoes of the 1500's.
From Semproniano the road goes almost consistently uphill to the fork between Petricci and Cellena, both routes go to Triana.
The rests of Rocchette di Fazio dominate a hill of about 500 meters in the valley of the river Albegna, only 3 kms away from Semproniano.
A few kilometres from Semproniano and on the road that leads to Grosseto by Roccalbegna, are Triana and the historic Castle Piccolomini overlooking the valley.
Comune di Semproniano
- Via Roma 35 / 39 - 58055 Semproniano - Maremma Toscana Grossetana
Tel. 0564 986317
The municipality of Semproniano contains the frazioni (subdivisions, mainly villages and hamlets) Belvedere (3,50 km), Casa Rigo (4,12 km), Cellena (4,58 km), Il Poggio (3,42 km), Marruchina (2,76 km), Petricci (3,60 km), Rocchette (3,36 km), Rocchette di Fazio (3,41 km), Scalabrelli (5,10 km) and Verziliani (3,78 km).
Rocchette di Fazio
Semproniano - Roccalbegna - Triana | 13 km 4 hours
Rocchette di Fazio is a characteristic medieval village on top of a hill in the valley of the River Albegna, only 3 kms away from Semproniano. The main sights are the Rocca Aldobrandesca (12th century), l'Ospedaletto di S. Tommé (1330), the Tribunale, the Palazzo Pubblico and the Pieve di Santa Cristina in Romanesque style.
In the Albegna valley, numerous Etruscan graves have been excavated. Furthermore, plenty of local places' names are of Etruscan origin like Albegna, Cana, Valerona.
Semproniano - Rocchette di Fazio | 10 Km
| 3,5 hours
Starting and arrival point of this round trail is the sport facilities field in Semproniano (with parking).
12 Fonte delle Monache – Marroneto – Santa Fiora | 6 Km/3.7 miles | 2 hours
We leave from the Prato delle Macinaie, 1400 metres above sea level and follow a route that takes us to Santa Fiora past “Prato della Contessa and on to the “Fonte Delle Monache” (The Nuns’ Spring). In spring there are many wild orchids, while towards the end of summer mushrooms and chestnuts are easy to find. In autumn the colours are spectacular. It is also interesting to see the old carbonaie where charcoal was produced up until the last century.
19 Santa Fiora – Selva | 9 Km/5.6 miles | 2 hours and 15 minutes
19 Selva – Selva | 10 Km/6.2 miles | 3 hours
The local tourist office has produced two very useful booklets (both available for reference at Podere Santa Pia):
Amiata without haste ... by foot - this contains descriptions of 10 walks around and over Monte Amiata (1,738 m.)
Amiata by bike - 14 mountain bike rides (with lots of detail) over Monte Amiata and beyond.