Nicknamed “Spy of the Maremma”, for its 360 ° view over the Tuscan Maremma, Manciano is a village rich in history and traditions.
Built in medieval times, the village of Manciano is today one of the main centers of the Maremma, an unmissable destination during a holiday in southern Tuscany.
Just 10 minutes from the famous Terme di Saturnia, Manciano offers its visitors suggestive routes through the alleys of the historic center, and monuments of great historical value.
You cannot miss a visit to the Church of San Leonardo, the Clock Tower, the Fountain in Piazza Garibaldi, the Church of the Santissima Annunziata and of course the Rocca, from whose tower you can admire the splendid Maremma panorama, between the hills and the sea. on background.
There are many events that will brighten your stay, among the main ones we mention Top Secret Maremma, Manciano Street Music Festival, Cartoon Village, Vivamus, Il Palio delle Botti and the Festa delle Cantine.
WHAT TO SEE IN MANCIANO
Church of San Leonardo
Built in medieval times, the Church of San Leonardo is the main one in the town.
It is located in the heart of the historic center of Manciano, just below the Rocca, and is dedicated to the patron saint of the Tuscan village.
Imposing, and recently restored, the Church houses some valuable works of art, a baptismal font dating back to the fourteenth century and a painting by the local artist Paride Pascucci (1866-1954), depicting San Leonardo.
The church is flanked by the characteristic bell tower, also of medieval origin
Church of the Santissima Annunziata
Outside the walls of the village of Manciano, in the center, is the Church of the Santissima Annunziata.
Built during the sixteenth century, the small church has a single nave, outside, on the right side, stands the bell tower.
The church houses an important painting by Pietro Aldi, depicting the Annunciation.
The Clock Tower is one of the most important monuments of Manciano.
Built in the heart of the historic center, the tower stands at the intersection of Via Rome and Via Cavour.
The building dates back to the 15th century, was born as the vicar’s residence, and was part of the Town Hall.
Over the centuries it carried out other functions, it became a granary, a stable and a school.
In 1615 the clock was added, and later in 1860 an engraving that commemorates the plebiscite of annexation to the Kingdom of Italy.
Symbol of the village of Manciano, the Rocca Aldobrandesca was built during the 12th century, when the territory was under the dominion of the Aldobrandeschi family.
Quadrangular in shape, the fortress consists of a main building and a turret, which offers a 360 ° view of the Tuscan Maremma.
The building is now the seat of the municipal offices.
Piazza Garibaldi fountain
In the heart of the historic center is the Fountain of Piazza Garibaldi.
The fountain was built in 1913, on the occasion of the inauguration of the city aqueduct, commissioned by the mayor Gino Aldi Mai.
The project for the construction of the fountain was carried out by Vincenzo Rosignoli.
Some scenes are carved on the fountain, one reminiscent of the past, depicted by an arid well and an abandoned bucket, and one the present, depicted by a beautiful woman who moves a stone and releases the water, which she then offers to a young man. shepherd.
Built by the Aldobrandeschi, the walls of Manciano surround the historic center of the town.
The surrounding walls originally consisted of several towers, with defense and sighting functions.
The structure of the walls made the village of Manciano one of the most fortified in the area in the medieval period, the walls were reinforced and enlarged in the Sienese era.
Today the ancient wall structure is in excellent condition and surrounds the oldest inhabited area, some of the defense towers remain, now used as a private residence, and some of the access doors, the more famous “Porta Fiorella”.
Museum of Prehistory and Protohistory of the Fiora Valley
Completely centered on the territory of the Fiora Valley, the Museum of Prehistory and Protohistory of Manciano dedicates a large space to archaeological research methods and educational paths.
The museum itinerary develops through various exhibition rooms that show the evolution of the territory from the Palaeolithic to the Late Bronze Age.
The exhibits on display come from the main necropolis of the Fiora Valley, starting from Sorano to reach Vulci.