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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danos (78134) 2013-09-30 11:12
very nice the view as the presentation of this section of the village that the last houses are found at the edge of the rock.Excellent the light and the colour management with the clarity of the image to be enhanced from the brilliant light and the vivid colours.
yquem46 (35412) 2013-09-30 11:46
A nice shot playing on the contrast of the black houses at Fg with those well lit and much clearer at BG
An impressive location for this village
best regards, have a nice evening
Gigidusud (10302) 2013-09-30 12:44
Incredibile questo villaggio arroccato nella roccia. Bellissima la luce e buona inquadratura. Complimenti!
photoray (6690) 2013-09-30 14:44
This view is certainly impressive with the medieval walls and village stacked a top the high cliffs. The rock construction and textures are attractive and in fine resolution.
And a bonus with your informative historical note, going back to the Bronze Age, and Etruscan.
fabbs99 (11190) 2013-09-30 19:21
Beautiful houses by the cliff.I love the ambiance must be a great place to stay on tours.Excellent exposure and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
Sonata11 (31245) 2013-09-30 20:58
wonderful composition of this impressive architecture which you show beautifully. Like the execution and great framework as well. Tfs.
All the best,
SnapRJW (23704) 2013-09-30 23:10
Your close crop shot shows off the details here very well Silvio and I have to marvel at the way the buildings have been constructed on the tuff promontory and the ingenuity of the builders. TFS this fascinating look at a medieval town. Warm regards rosemary
subhendu_bagchi (21110) 2013-10-01 1:15
really, it is an interesting town... Those buildings are looking superb and your framing is superb from a nicely chosen POV. The image quality is outstanding. Excellent depth and sharpness. Very good one. Tfs.
Romano46 (11573) 2013-10-01 1:35
per la bella serie di foto su Pitigliano meriteresti la cittadinanza onoraria, anche perchè non ti sei limitata alla classica foto della città appollaiata sulla rupe, ma sei andato alla ricerca di altre belle inquadrature tutte molto suggestive e ben curate.
Un eccellente lavoro documentaristico perfettamente riuscito anche per particolare luminosità del momento e l'ottimo uso che hai saputo fare di questa particolare luce.
Ciao e buona giornata
jhm (128073) 2013-10-01 1:44
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
You shows us a very spectacular picture with a lot light but also with a lot shade as contrast.
All these facades care for a specially picture.
Nice light and perfect sharpness.
Very well composition, lovely presentation. TFS.
gojo (1347) 2013-10-01 2:37
This is one of the greater ones! Fantastic composition. The FG makes the white buildings superb, standing out so clearly.
snunney (72762) 2013-10-01 3:23
A fine capture of this hilltop town with its impressive fortifications. I like the close framing and the colour contrasts. Excellent textural rendering.
sandpiper (6560) 2013-10-01 3:42
Great note, so much history.... Good composition and POV, fascinating architecture and geology. Great work.
I have learnt so much from your posts over the years, thank you my friend.
Sergiom (45527) 2013-10-01 4:42
Je me souviens comme si c'était hier de mon arrivée devant ce village accroché au précipice. Je n'en revenais pas et je suis toujours ébahi de le revoir.
sabermonajati (8317) 2013-10-01 7:54
you shot splendid view from buildings constrcted on rock.
rychem (13720) 2013-10-01 8:58
Beautiful view of this imposing rocks and fortified town, builder of this town were clever people, splendid photo
delpeoples (48660) 2013-10-01 18:47
Grazie per il bello benvenuto, voglio tornarci immediatmente :)
Molto bella questa foto e questo luogo. Non sapevo come bello era questo paesino. Ottima la luce, la nitidezza e resa cromatica. Grande lavoro.
pierrefonds (51040) 2013-10-01 19:11
The close-up point of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture of the buildings. It is clear and sharp. The good luminosity is bringing out the beauty of the colors. Have a nice day.
ikeharel (44081) 2013-10-02 0:49
Impressive black-rocks the town built on top's, and the white houses shown in great contrast.
Fine shot and marvelous series ablout this ancient town.
Superb clear image, well done my friend.
carlo62 (19485) 2013-10-02 4:32
gran bella vista di questa antica città.
La parte di cielo sembra contrapporsi perfettamente alla parte rocciosa.
ChrisJ (91292) 2013-10-02 9:03
Exceptional sharpness with excellent density, levels and shadow detail. I like the high expansive pov and the grey white and blue horizontal bands. Good saturation and framing. Nice repetition of patterns and shapes. Tfs!
Cricri (92249) 2013-10-03 9:16
Extraordinaire architectures, grand contraste de l'ancien et du renouveau!! excellent POV, lumière, superbe présentation
macjake (45588) 2013-10-04 10:15
amazing to think how this town was constructed.
This is for sure the type of town I want to visit when I'm in Italy.
charming, historic, cultural and screams ITALY!
amazing place, amazing post for TE
dekanski (1075) 2013-10-05 0:08
No specific comments, I just want to say that I like the photos!
ourania (18704) 2013-10-10 10:32
come sono imponenti e formidabili queste strutture antiche di pietra. Sembrano una continuazione delle roccie scure e questo borgo e' sicuramente affascinante. L' inquadratura stretta accentua il carattere di questo posto, hai ottenuto superba definizione senza perdere l' effetto suggestivo delle ombre. Il blu dolce e rilassante porta nel quadro un contrasto meraviglioso. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona serata,