Pitigliano, A Hill Town In Tuscany
Pitigliano is a small town in southern Tuscany perched on an outcrop of volcanic rock known as tufa. We visited Pitigliano as part of a Day Out In Southern Tuscany in autumn 2015. It doesn’t take long to look around but you can extend your visit if you stop for lunch in one of the town’s many restaurants, we had an excellent meal at Hosteria dei Ceccottino.
In a country filled with beautiful small hill towns, Pitigliano is one of the finest; the town had a large Jewish community until World War II and the town still has a synagogue. The synagogue can be visited and, although it was rebuilt in the 20th century after subsidence, many original rooms still remain below. Given the town’s hill top position, there are excellent views from many points around the town. The thickly wooded hills and valleys below were inhabited by the Etruscans, who left their mark by building strange sunken roads and tombs directly into the rock. Our next and final point of interest on our day out was a visit to an Etruscan Necropolis, or “city of the dead”