Modern Gavorrano has transformed from a small medieval village to a city of art and culture, impossible not to love it!

The visit of Gavorrano is difficult to forget. Lost among mountains of gray stone, it looks small and picturesque; at first glance you understand that it is a mining town, only by observing the shadow cast by the looming mountain. Ruled by Vetulonia during the Etruscan era, Gavorrano had a rather quiet history until the twentieth century, when 100 km of pyrite mines transformed it into a pillar of the Italian industrial economy. Farmers became miners and mines funded everything. Today you can walk the entire historic center admiring the green shutters on the stone houses and the courtyards overflowing with plants. The soft yellow stones of the city walls wrap around the town, just like the gray mountains and chestnut woods, so you can’t help but feel the beauty of the isolation. If you ask the elderly people of Gavorrano for their favorite story, they will tell you about when Adriano Celentano drove through the town in his red sports car. Or maybe they’ll tell you about the Casablanca director, who drew inspiration for the character of Humphrey Bogart from the adventurous life of the politician Randolfo Pacciardi, who was born in this area. Or better still, they will tell you about the nearby Castello di Pietra, described by Dante Alighieri as the place where the beautiful medieval aristocrat Pia dei Tolomei was killed by her jealous husband.

To be seen

Admire the medieval walls of Gavorrano from the arches and alleys of the historic center or head directly to piazza Bruno Buozzi, where you will be greeted by a salmon-colored 19th century building, the town hall.
At the corner of the square is the Church of San Giuliano. Its size and beautiful stone steps contrast with the gray 1920s facade. The church was built on a much older one that was the resting place of the governor Nello Pannocchieschi in 1321. The marble statue of the Madonna with Child inside dates back to around the same time, and was sculpted by Giovanni di Agostino; it is the most precious asset of Gavorrano, stolen in the twentieth century and returned after a brief exhibition in a museum in Rome.
Finally, in via Terranova there is the “Davide Manni” Documentation Center (Sunday: 09: 00-13: 00; July-August: midweek afternoons
and Sunday morning; 0566 846231; free), which has a remarkable collection of Etruscan artifacts from the tombs in nearby Santa Teresa. The museum also tells the story of Pia Tolomei and her legendary murder.

EVENTS

Salto della Contessa

August

This medieval festival begins with the division of the city and ends with the murder. The locals are divided into two factions: Nello Pannocchieschi’s family in red and gold and Pia dei Tolomei’s family in silver and blue – these are the characters at the center of the party, which showcases the best of traditional Maremma cuisine. and the style of the table, music and medieval dances. Eventually, everyone gathers to commemorate Pia’s brutal death, who is dragged by two guards to the highest tower in Gavorrano and thrown into darkness.

Teatro delle Rocce

July and August

A series of concerts at sunset at the Teatro delle Rocce in Gavorrano, in the Marco Mineralistico.