This post is about four villages in southern Tuscany placed along the same super panoramic road: Montemassi, Roccatederighi, Sassofortino and Roccastrada. An easy itinerary that will let you enjoy the medieval atmosphere and stunning views.
Montemassi is the first you meet, if you’re coming from north. This is a tiny lovely village I’ve visited during the “alive paintings” exibition.
The partly ruined old castle located on the top of the hill gives this village an unique charm.
Just a 15 minute drive and you’ll reach Roccatederighi. Its name comes from the Tererigi family that was the owner of the village during middle ages (lucky them!). Rocca means fortress, but it’s also an ancient word referring to roccia, rock. You can easily notice that Rocche villages are all built of stone taken from the rocks their hills are made of.
Just 4 chilometres more and you’ll reach Sassofortino. Sasso= stone. Forte= fort. Sassofortino means “little Sassoforte”. Sassoforte castle was located on the very top of the hill. Just as my home village Montiano the castle and the village that surrounded it were destroyed during late middle ages battles (only few ruins are left) and people has moved to a nearby place. The new village was smaller that the old one, so they called it “little Sassoforte”.
The last one is Roccastrada, 8 chilometres from Sassofortino. Rocca= rock. Strada= street. It is the biggest of the Rocche villages. It’s actually a little town, so the town hall it’s here. The clock tower stands on the roofs of the houses made of stone, sourrounded by rock spurs. There is also a 19th century theatre here, called Teatro dei Concordi.
This is the last stop of the Rocche itinerary. It only takes 30 minutes to go from Montemassi to Roccastrada and vice versa. This could be an half-day trip, but I’m pretty sure you will spend more time driving slowly from a village to the next one, enjoying every stop and the curvy road between each stop!