Pitigliano, nearly four thousand inhabitants, is a town in the province of Grosseto located 313 meters above sea level. Charming village of the Maremma is unique for the distinction of being built entirely on a tuff promontory of striking beauty , surrounded by valleys crossed by rivers and Meleta lens . The town is certainly one of the most beautiful art centers of Tuscany and Italy , retains many monuments of art ranging from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century .
According to the legend it was founded by two young men from two young men, and Petilio Celiano , from which derives the name of the city. Petilio Petilia of the gens was an important Etruscan Roman family , while Celiano belonged to the family of Etruscan Celes Vibenna , the two young men stole the golden crown from the temple of Jupiter Stator in Rome and brought it right on the cliff of Pitigliano, where they founded the city . In fact Pitigliano is certainly older , prior to the Etruscan civilization itself, is documented here a Bronze Age village , but the cliff of Pitigliano , as the whole valley of the river Fiora , has been inhabited since the Neolithic period ( sixth millennium BC) and then in the Copper Age
Etruscan settlement , due to the nearby city of Veii, reached its apogee in the sixth century. , Replacing the nearby town of Poggio Buco on Fiora , who returned necropolis and the remains of a temple around 500 BC is probably destroyed by Porsena , king of Chiusi. The Etruscan name is not known with certainty, perhaps Statnes (or Staties ) which in Roman times became Prefecture and was called Statonia
The name Pitigliano is documented for the first time in 1061 in a bubble of Nicholas II to the canons of Sovana , it seems, in fact , derive from the gens Petilia , an important Roman family who gave their name to different locations . In 1274 Pitigliano is one of the largest forts in the county of the Aldobrandeschis in the wars with the City of Orvieto
In 1313 , the Orsini took over by marriage to Aldobrandeschis in the County of Sovana forced to long battles with municipalities before Orvieto and then in Siena, after the conquest by the latter of almost all of the Maremma , including Sovana in 1410 , the Orsini in Pitigliano move the capital of the county.
Nel1466 with the coming to power of Nicholas III , captain in the service of the major Italian states Pitigliano is enriched with Renaissance monuments , they work with artists such as Antonio da Sangallo , Baldassare Peruzzi , Anton Maria Lari. Since the end of the fifteenth century was home to a large Jewish community. In 1604 , Ferdinand I , Grand Duke of Tuscany, buys all the possessions of the Orsini , ending the county of Pitigliano , by mid-century , an increasing number of Jews , who find safe haven , in 1643 the Medici foil an attempt to occupation by papal troops .
Nel1843 Pitigliano assumes the title of city with the transfer of the Diocese from Sovana and through economic growth favored by the Enlightenment reforms of the Grand Dukes of Tuscany.
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papagolf21 (79778) 2013-09-28 4:03
Bonjour, cher Silvio,
Encore une très belle présentation d'une architecture impressionnante.
Très belle mise en image;
Merci pour la note richement documentée.
Romano46 (11951) 2013-09-28 4:12
una Pitigliano come è rimasta nei miei ricordi, con una bella veduta su quanto si affaccia sulla piana sottostante in un ambiente dominato da una luce stupenda re brillante e nello stesso tempo senza il disturbo di presenza umana che, qui sembrerebbe profanare il silenzio delle antiche pietre.
Complimenti. Eccellente composizione e inquadratura di tutto rispetto, oltre ad una perfetta esecuzione.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
ikeharel (44395) 2013-09-28 7:30
Buona sera Silvio,
Ancient stone inscription in FG, is a perfect elements to continue from, while looking at the old-town architecture's.
Good DOF and clarity, bright daylight was very favorable, and interesting history enfolded in your note.
Superb clear image, Salute.
dkmurphys (42699) 2013-09-28 7:32
Fine attractive composition with the old impressive castle. I like your POV very much.
Have a good weekend.
rbassin (13479) 2013-09-28 7:34
une superbe photo, bien composée; la lumière met en valeur la qualité de l'architecture.
C'est bien fait, bon W-E
rychem (13918) 2013-09-28 8:21
Very nice architecture shot, great POV, beautiful forms of the walls, I like the diagonally placed arches, very well done
Nicou (106307) 2013-09-28 9:29
quelle vue et compo avec les inscriptions sur la pierre et cette architecture merveilleuse vue et compo sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
gojo (1573) 2013-09-28 10:30
Brilliant framing and POV.
Nice with the soft, gray tones.
Technically perfect, as always.
fabbs99 (11440) 2013-09-28 10:30
Exceptional story about this historical place.Great view of the things from the past.Nice image, sharp with good details, well saturated colors and nice composition. Well done.TFS
siudzi (27877) 2013-09-28 13:34
Like this vertical presentation of this impressive architecture! Well observed and composed with and interesting foreground and superb managed of perspective. Excellent exposure and sharpness achieved. TFS.
Have a nice weekend!
carlo62 (19797) 2013-09-28 14:23
che dire, complimenti, non ho molto da aggiungere, la foto non poteva essere migliore, il luogo è indubbiamente bello e storico e l'insieme delle due cose non può essere che elogiato.
Gigidusud (10460) 2013-09-28 14:40
Eccellente PDV e ottima inquadratura su questa bellissima architettura. Un bel contrasto della pietra sul cielo blu. Complimenti!
Ti auguro una bella domenica.
pierrefonds (51196) 2013-09-28 16:44
The length of the walla is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the buildings. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
subhendu_bagchi (21370) 2013-09-28 17:14
namaste Silvio, a superb catch of this architecture using a nice POV. Like the details you got of it. Crystal clear foreground and the structure in background is awesome. Excellent depth. Very natural colours too. Great work. Tfs.
bayno (18338) 2013-09-29 5:49
grandi dettagli per questa bella compo...ottima la luce e i colori ...un bel POV ricercato e linee che scendono giù belle dritte....ottimo lavoro...
photoray (6828) 2013-09-29 17:58
Your varying views of Pitigliano are very attractive for the display of medieval and Romanesque architecture in ancient stone works. I would certainly enjoying visiting and strolling here.
abmdsudi (32795) 2013-09-30 8:07
Splendid capture so much to admire and its history backed up with an excellent details to illustrate this architectural splendour. Like your positioining and viewpoint, colours are rgeat with the subject stands out superbly in the setting. Greatideas too with that ancient pcs as superb fg interest.This is really good shot, great dof and stunning contrast to blue sky. Lovely shot beautifully taken, well done
ChrisJ (91420) 2013-09-30 9:40
The ancient fg column makes a good focal point. Excellent sharpness and smart choice of a vertical frame to accentuate and emphasise the height. A richly saturated clear blue sky that provides a superb bg to the architecture. The Roman style arches of the bridge resemble an aqueduct. An informative note too. Tfs!
emka (64550) 2013-09-30 23:29
Is this the same aqueduct you showed in other post? Impressive place. I like this composition with the a ncient inscription as the central point of interest. Superb colours and sharpness. Well done.
have a nice day
ourania (19024) 2013-10-01 10:05
una foto molto bella ed interessante, le strutture di pietra sono imponenti, la tua composizione evidenzia il loro carattere grandioso effettivamente. Il primo piano e' attraente ed intrigante ma ci sono dei dettagli affascinanti fino al punto piu' lontano. Mi piacciono moltissimo le tessiture ruvide che hanno assorbito il calore della luce. I colori naturali hanno una ricchiezza gradevole, la luce adorna il tutto deliziosamente. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona serata,