Roccalbegna

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Roccalbegna
Comune
Comune di Roccalbegna
Roccalbegna z01.jpg
Coat of arms of Roccalbegna
Coat of arms
Roccalbegna is located in Italy
Roccalbegna
Roccalbegna
Location of Roccalbegna in Italy
Coordinates: 42°47′N 11°30′E / 42.783°N 11.500°E / 42.783; 11.500
Country Italy
Region Tuscany
Province Grosseto (GR)
Frazioni Cana, Santa Caterina, Triana, Vallerona
Government
 • Mayor Massimo Galli
Area
 • Total 125.4 km2 (48.4 sq mi)
Elevation 522 m (1,713 ft)
Population (13 December 2009)[1]
 • Total 1,152
 • Density 9.2/km2 (24/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 58053
Dialing code 0564
Patron saint St. Christopher
Saint day 25 July
Website Official website

Roccalbegna is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Grosseto in the Italian region Tuscany, located about 110 kilometres (68 mi) south of Florence and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) east of Grosseto.

The Castle of Triana.

History[edit]

Roccalbegna was a fief of the Aldobrandeschi in the Middle Ages; later it was part of the Republic of Siena, until the latter's fall in the hands of the Medici, who sold the town to the County of Santa Fiora. In the 18th century it was returned to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

Main sights[edit]

Roccalbegna is home to several notable fortifications, such as the Cassero Senese (built in the 13th century by the Aldobrandeschi, renovated in the 15th century) and the Rocca Aldobrandesca, located on the hill overlooking the town and the Albegna river (whence the town's name). Outside the town there is the large Castello di Triana (known from 760), also owned by the Aldobrandeschi and then by the Sforza of Santa Fiora; it has maintained its medieval line of walls. The hamlet of Cana has also an Aldobrandeschi-built line of walls from the 13th century.

Also notable is the Romanesque-Gothic church of Santi Pietro e Paolo (13th-14th centuries, modified in the 18th century). It has a large Gothic portal surmounted by a rose window. It houses some parts of a polyptych by Ambrogio Lorenzetti (c. 1340), a Pietà by Alessandro Casolani and a 15th-century small fresc of Madonna with Saints.

References[edit]

  1. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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