Torrita di Siena
The name “Torrita” appears for the first time on a code dated 1037, concerning a lawsuit about the property of Saint Apollinare church -located in casal Feroniano (Frignano), in Montefollonico- , promoted by Saint Salvatore Abbey (in Mount Amiata), and debated in the ancient ‘pieve’ of Saint Costanzo in Torrita, today Madonna dell’Olivo church.
By a 1270 decree, Torrita and its county became a feud under the emperor Otto IV and was given to the Cacciaconti family.
The castle of Torrita for many centuries represented a bastion for the Republic of Siena during the wars against Florence, Perugia and Montepulciano for the control of Val di Chiana. In 1260 an armed contingent allocated at the Torrita fortress took part beside Siena in the victorious Montaperti battle against the Guelph florentine troops.
The castle was the scene for many fighting between knights and armies throughout the Middle Ages, anyway it stayed true to the Republic of Siena until it was annexed to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, ruled by the Medici family.
Torrita di Siena – Places of Interest