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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pyffepa (625) 2013-10-19 0:41
Nice place you shoot.
I like the opposition between light and shadow with details in all part of the picture.
Maybe I would avoid the person in the stairs.
Anyway a good job.
Have a good week end,
carlo62 (49299) 2013-10-19 0:43
i tuoi soggetti preferiti, archi e scale, in una composizione bellissima.
Due archi contrapposti nel taglio della foto e che si differenziano dalla differenza della luce, con una bella scalinata a dividerli e la presenza della persona che ci da l'effettiva dimensione dell'architettura.
Sergiom (80830) 2013-10-19 5:16
Je pense avoir vu cette photographe assez souvent dans tes photos. C'est un beau sujet pour lequel tu as laissé un léger flou pour conserver le mystère. . Le cadrage est excellent ainsi que la gestion de la lumière.
holmertz (53590) 2013-10-19 6:50
This is a fine staircase surrounded by solid walls and beautiful arches. You waited until the right moment for the woman to come down the steps. A well taken photo with a good atmosphere.
rychem (36935) 2013-10-19 8:34
Beautiful architectural photo, interesting light with several levels of intensity, great POV to show different staicases, well done
Graal (102928) 2013-10-19 9:04
interesting view of old walls and stairs here. Good shot and composition. Also interesting note. Fine game of light with shadows, well quality of picture.
Have a nice evening.
marabu61 (11059) 2013-10-19 9:15
I remember this little town from a previous trip to Tuscany some years ago very well. It is very attractive indeed. Here you show us a nice passage and that you have included the person walking the stairs give the scene a nice touch of live.
have a great weekend
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-10-19 11:09
Interesting framing with many stairs coming down and going up. Great exposure, sharpness and colors! Congratulations!
gojo (1769) 2013-10-19 12:01
Another great one!
The stairs are brilliant, and the rest is adding further qualities. Really nice,
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-10-19 13:15
I hope all the shots that the lady intended to take must have been captured. I love the rocky stair cases. Great capture . Very well done.TFS.
dekanski (5454) 2013-10-19 14:42
Very good, considering the differences in the brightness of the upper and lower part of the photo! Like it!
Nicou (143238) 2013-10-19 21:30
Merveilleuse image de cette dame qui descend les escaliers c'est sueprbe quelle lumière quel effet merveilleux le rendu sur la pierre.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-10-19 22:35
Ta "photographe-modèle" habite bien ta composition remarquable. Excellente gestion de la lumière....pas du tout évidente ici!
bayno (18344) 2013-10-19 22:43
Ciao Silvio, composizione d'autore con un ottima gestione della luce e bei dettagli...bella prova...
Cricri (120199) 2013-10-20 5:34
Très jolie composition avec un choix du format bien adapter, une image d'ombre a la lumière, bien cadrer et réaliser
zoomer (6) 2013-10-20 16:07
Hi Silvio,great handling of light here and this woman must be in photo heaven.Superb details and color,best wishes Wolf.
tyro (25338) 2013-10-21 3:30
Ciao caro Silvio,
What a fascinating note you have written about Pitigliano and you have provided a wonderful photograph with which to illustrate it!
As always, you have managed the light here superbly well and we can see full details in the deepest shadows and also in the brightest parts of the image despite the huge range of light and contrasts here. I love the fine composition, the beautiful sheen on the well trodden steps and also the inclusion of the lady who adds some human interest as well as a fine sense of scale.
Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
rigoletto (34279) 2013-10-21 7:24
the atmosphere of my dreams... stairs, walls and arches of stone from 500 years back. a difficult light well managed and the moving figure is useful to give the size.
ourania (46364) 2013-10-30 11:42
molto bella ed interessante la composizione di geometrie, prospettive e tessiture. Sei riuscito di catturare ed esaltare il fascino di tutti gli elementi che rendono questo posto particolare. Mi piace molto il posizionamento delle scalinate, degli archi e della signora che sta scendendo. Tutti gli elemeti sono significativi ed attraenti. La gradazione dell' illuminazione e delle tonalita' naturali accentua l' effetto della composizione elegante e solida. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona serata,
Miguel82 (27646) 2015-06-04 18:10
Standout architectural details presented Silvio, the character is visiting that building holding a camera, it is not an old one as I observe a recent work of renovation watching carefully the walls and the arches, thanks