Pitigliano offers its visitors a scene from a fairytale, rising powerfully on the ridge of a headland of a striking and wild beauty, bordered by bright green valleys crossed by the rivers Lente and Meleta. The high walls of tuff, opening into thousands of caves and tower-houses, demonstrate its typical medieval urban planning. The houses, built on a tuff drum on the same vertical cliff, make the city walls almost unnecessary although there are also some beautiful military buildings such as the fourteenth-century Orsini palace. The town jealously preserves the memories of its ancient past, the testimony of the civilizations and cultures that have followed one another: pre historic age with the findings from the Neolithic Rinaldo age; the Etruscan tombs discovered in the surrounding area or along the walls; Romans who left traces in the name that reveals the towns origin from the Gens Petilia; the medieval Aldobrandeschi, the lords of the Maremma for almost half a millennium, the Renaissance grandeur of the noble Roman family of the Orsini, and after a brief presence Siena, the Medici and their heirs the Lorena who promoted a significant urban development and stimulated a major phase of modernization.
The magic and charm of Pitigliano are savored while admiring its many old houses, walking along the old streets and, above all, visiting the famous Jewish ghetto. The beautiful quarter has in fact passed into history as the "Little Jerusalem" for the large and very active Jewish community that settled there in the fifteenth century. The richness of its past has been handed down also in its rich wine production. The vineyards, in fact, are fertilized by the volcanic tuff and the thousands of years old humus, thus producing one of the finest Italian white wines that prevails for its quality: the "Bianco di Pitigliano", among the first wines to be recognized DOC (denomination of controlled origin).
Characteristic are the caves and the Etruscan tombs excavated in the tuff, some of which are used as cellars for the storage and ageing of wines. The same goes for the production of the extraordinary olive oil, produced with the cold pressing system and which, when matched with the local wine, makes the typical cuisine of Pitigliano even tastier.
In addition to various food and wine festivals, each year on March 19th, the “Torciata di San Giuseppe”, a torchlight procession in honor of Saint Joseph, takes place. In the evening a group of men dressed in habits carry lit bundles of reeds over their shoulders from the Cava road to the town square where these are burned along with a puppet that represents the “Invernaccio ", an extremely impressive performance. In the last week of August the "Petilia Festival" takes place: the enchantment of the place, the wine, the music, a wise combination of performances, concerts, wine tastings, set in the most characteristic of the country. In the first week of December an interesting "International exhibition of documentary cinema” is organized.
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