Castiglion Fiorentino

Castiglion Fiorentino is an Etruscan settlement. The town saw its maximum development during the Middle Ages under the majestic Torre del Cassero, which still stands and characterizes the city today. The important artistic heritages are kept in the museums of the citadel of Cassero and in the museum of the Pieve di San Giuliano. Even today, there is a grand passion for artistry as there is for the green gold of these lands, which has given Castiglion Fiorentino the honor of being called the city of olive oil. Castiglion Fiorentino is also famous for its Palio, a fascinating horse-riding competition that involves the inhabitants of the town’s three districts and occurs annually on the third Sunday of June.

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Castiglion Fiorentino

Castiglion Fiorentino is an Etruscan settlement. The town saw its maximum development during the Middle Ages under the majestic Torre del Cassero, which still stands and characterizes the city today. The important artistic heritages are kept in the museums of the citadel of Cassero and in the museum of the Pieve di San Giuliano. Even today, there is a grand passion for artistry as there is for the green gold of these lands, which has given Castiglion Fiorentino the honor of being called the city of olive oil. Castiglion Fiorentino is also famous for its Palio, a fascinating horse-riding competition that involves the inhabitants of the town’s three districts and occurs annually on the third Sunday of June.

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Art and culture

The village sits on top of a hill and archaeological excavations have ascertained that it has been inhabited as early as the eighth century B.C. At the highest point of the town, we find the Cassero area, an original Etruscan settlement and the location of the main fortress during the Middle Ages. Castiglion Fiorentino boasts the works of numerous artists, including those of Bartolomeo della Gatta as well as the gorgeous loggia restored by Giorgio Vasari.

History and Traditions

As the homeland of artists such as Enzo Scatragli and Alberto Bruni, today, Castiglion Fiorentino is fertile ground for new generations of artists. And the town’s important annual events, such as the Palio dei Rioni and the evocative Christian processions for Holy Week, attract tourists from all over the world.

Excellence and Territory

The agricultural vocation in Valdichiana has always been very strong; for this reason Castiglion Fiorentino has earned the epithet "City of Olive Oil" due to its strong historical tradition from ages past. There are many excellent businesses operating in this sector that continue to maintain a strong bond with tradition.

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