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The settlement of Pitigliano is located on the so-called Etruscan coast of Tuscany.

The ancient Etruscans founded the settlement on a high hill (300 meters above the sea level), and by this made it almost inaccessible for conquerors. It was possible to notice an enemy long before him getting close to the town, and take some defensive actions. For present-day tourists the location of the town gives a great chance to admire the surrounding landscape. The most fascinating scenery opens up from the point at  Madonna delle Grazie Church.

Pitigliano is famous not only for its ancient history, but also for its modern accomplishments. The most famous local product is the great “Bianco di Pitigliano” dry wine . You can sample it at one of the small taverns, where you will also be offered  delicious dishes of Tuscan cuisine.

Pitigliano has kept its medieval appearance and the atmosphere of peace and slow pace, which are created by narrow streets, palaces, towers and ancient wells. The magnificent  Orsini Palace (Fortezza Orsini) is among town's attractions. It was erected  approximately in 1500. Nowadays, it houses a small archaeological museum (Museo Vivico Archeologico). The relatively not large medieval Cathedral of Pitigliano got its barocco facade in the XVIII century. The interior and exterior of the church were restored in 1970; so today tourists admire the Cathedral in its full splendor. There is a Jewish district in Pitigliano.  It's worth having a look at the Synagogue and visiting the Jewish museum here. There are kosher sweets for sale at a store nearby.

You can get in touch with the times of the Etruscans if you visit the necropolis (necropoli di Poggio Buco). The Etruscan caves are located here. No doubt, you will get an unforgettable experience. The culture of the disappeared people attracts by its inaccessibility and mystery. The traces of their life in Tuscany are closely linked to life and death notions, as the memory of the Etruscans is connected with the history of this or that settlement appearance; and most of these traces are burial places.


The Festival of the Thrush in Montalcino 2012
The festival of the thrush or Sagra del Tordo is held in the old Tuscan town of Montalcino on the last October weekend. Thousands of tourists go to Montalcino while the festival. If you want to see the festival of the thrush, you should take care of accommodation in Montalcino in advance. It’s better to come a bit earlier for the festival. On the day of the competition, you will have to leave your car far away in the valley and walk a couple of kilometers up. Don’t forget to ask your landlords to help you buy tickets for the ceremonial dinner and the tournament.
Tuscany: Gastronomic Festivals in October
Towns and villages of Tuscany hold various gastronomic festivals regularly from May to October. These events are dedicated to some product or dish typical for this area. Usually such festivals are organized on days-off. Sometimes they last for a couple of weekends. Fairs are often combined with diverse entertainment program. The October of 2011 offers a number of gastronomic events in Tuscany.
Tarot Garden
The Tarot garden as a work of art is a combination of landscape design, sculpture and architecture. The garden is located on the southern slope of the Garavicchio hill in the Tuscan Maremma, a few kilometers away from the town of Capalbio. The Franko-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle created it.