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La Rocca di Staggia

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Address: Via Dell'Ospedale 2, 53036 Staggia, Poggibonsi, Italy
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In Sienese territory, just a few kilometres from Poggibonsi, heading...

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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The Artistic Tour was a little annoying!

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... read more

Reviewed 12 April 2017
garethwilliams100
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Denbigh, United Kingdom
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Denbigh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

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... More 

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Northport, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

The castle is lovely and interesting but as the other reviewers noted it's not just about the castle. Most of the tour is about an "interesting" art installation. Quite frankly, our group came out with our eyes spinning saying "what the heck was that about!!" Air! Light! life! the universe! Oh my goodness!! We couldn't imagine what the tour for... More 

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Thank Michael G
North Tamborine, Australia
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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

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.

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1 Thank Patrick S
Cumbria
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Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Arrived on a stormy, wet day to a very warm welcome. Our guide was fantastic mixing the history of the castle with the story of the fabulous art exhibition inside. View from top of tower excellent even in the rain. Unique and special place. Go there if you can!

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Thank LakesMarion
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Reviewed 13 June 2016

Really interesting guided tour from a local artist/guide - who infused the impressive history of the castle and surrounds with commentary on the various functions of the castle. The guide was very generous with her time and was thoroughly fascinating.

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Thank Nathan D
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 25 October 2015

Visiting the Rocca di Staggia is a bit off of the beaten path, but isn't that what you enjoy about traveling? Walking up gives you vistas of the imposing high stone walls, upon which you'll be exploring once inside. Not much English spoken, but you're here for the scenic beauty. Can almost imagine the Florence-Siena battles fought here. ...

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Blythewood, South Carolina
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Reviewed 18 October 2015

This castle is quite the hidden gem. We selected our accommodations in Staggia Senese without knowledge of this castle. It was a delightful surprise to discover not only the castle in the same town we were staying but it was our view from our accommodations at La Casina di Anna! Within walking distance from all over the quaint cozy town.... More 

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Pomfret, Connecticut
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Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

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.

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Reviewed 10 August 2015 via mobile

Thanks to this visit and the information provided , I'm now hoping to visit other sites on the via francigena pilgrimage route in the Staggia valley. Also very curious about the rocca's role in the Florence/sienna wars. Amazing complete city wall. The best kind of visit raising more questions.

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Thank Helen S
Bordentown, New Jersey
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Reviewed 6 July 2015

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.

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