Discovering Civitella in Val di Chiana

Civitella in Val di Chiana is a small village overlooking the Val di Chiana and offers a breathtaking view of the entire valley. Civitella still retains its medieval origins: the ruined tower, the main square, the remains of the walls that surround it.

In more recent times Civitella is also remembered for the sad massacre of a large part of the population which took place during the Second World War.

You enter the village through the Sienese gate, the only one left. After passing the gate, you enter the network of streets, among which Via Martiri di Civitella stands out. The renovated 14th century Palazzo Pretorio overlooks the street, characterized by a portico. The other buildings also have arcades that characterize the whole street. Here is also housed a Hall of Memory, in memory of the Nazi massacre of ’44.

To the north you reach the beautiful Alcide Lazzeri square with the medieval cistern and the Church of Santa Maria Assunta built in 1252. To its left we find the monument to the massacre. To the south, crossing Piazza Beccattini with the palace of the same name, you reach the castle, built in the 11th century and surrounded by a solid wall with a mighty keep.

The castle, transformed by the Wehrmacht into the headquarters during the Nazi occupation, was partially destroyed during an Allied bombing in 1944. From its battlements and the recently renovated tower, you can enjoy sweeping views over the Val di Chiana and the Val d’Ambra.