It’s a haul to get to the top, but curiosity will get the best of you. Somewhat difficult to visit this town without wondering what’s up there, what the view might be like. Besides, its main feature, which you see whenever you’re within ten miles of it, is up there. So it’s a no brainer, a must do.
Fact is, after wandering through the town with its beautiful medieval streets and alleys and buildings piled on top of one another willy-nilly yet all so aesthetically pleasing, you’re expecting much of the same up top.
Not so fast… the difference between the charming and chaotic medieval town that tumbles down all four sides of its hill and… well, its Castiglion, is stark!
All you see up here are wide open green spaces, the upper part of the (smaller/inner) Etruscan town’s original walls, and the green Tuscan countryside beyond. While you know that the town exists, having just walked up/through it, you’re compelled to walk to the edge of the large piazzale to look down and make sure its still there.
Truth is, its not just an open green space. There’s the old town hall (now a museum and library), the side of the church of Sant’Angelo, and the Cassero itself, the keep, from which Castiglion Fiorentino gets its name.
Who knows what this space was like 3,000 years ago? Certainly back then it was minus the church, and plus the Etruscan temple whose foundations together with some decorative elements were recently discovered.
Maybe the archaeologists will be able to answer such questions someday. In the meantime, it’s all fun to contemplate while you take in yet another not-so-shabby Tuscan view.