Rocchette di Fazio Castle
| The ruins of the Keep.
||Santa Caterina Parish Church, just under the Keep.
The rests of the of Rocchette di Fazio dominate a hill of about 500
meters in the valley of the River Albegna, only 3 kms away fron the town
of Semproniano. It's 25 kilometers far from Arcidosso, and 15 from Roccalbegna
» Where is Rocchette di Fazio located?
The castle of the Rocchette di Fazio rises in the valley
of the river Albegna. In the Middle Age the whole valley, above
all the hills that were the watershed with the adjacent valley of the River
Fiora, was subjected to the counts of the Aldobrandeschi
family and, from the 12th century, all the castles of the area
passed under their control and most of those were rebuilt or strengthened.
The origin of the castle is in fact due to the count Bonifazio,
a.k.a. Fazio, of the Aldobrandeschi, future father of Ildebrandino
that in 1272 became the chief of the S.Fiora ramification
of this powerful family. Rocchette di Fazio was an important
fortress, mainly for its position, at the summit
of a rocky spur on the western side of the river, that made it practically
Keep's walled circuit.
At the beginnings of the 14th century the castle entered between the dominion
of the commune of Orvieto but subsequently was incorporated
to an area under the Sienese influence. The control of
Siena was concretized only in 1416, immediately after the
zone knew a period of serious crisis with a consequent depopulation.
In 1536 the castle and the village of Rocchette di Fazio
were devastated by a Spanish army and then abandoned.
of the walled circuit.
The ruins of the fortification remained for years in the state in which
were left in the 16th century, with the aggravating of the time action and
the carelessness of men that have progressively worsened the situation.
Recently all the area of the ancient Aldobrandeschi castle and great
part of the village castle have been restored.
The rests of the keep and of part of walled enclosure, with two gates still
intact, still testify what great importance, for brief time, Rocchette di
Fazio had. Just below the Keep is the 13th century Santa Caterina
Parish Church, today deconsecrated, and inside the walls are still
well preserved the Palazzo di Giustizia and the Palazzo