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Address: Piazza Fortezza Orsini, 25, 58017 Pitigliano, Italy
Phone Number: +39 0564616074
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10:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The palace-fortress of the Counts Orsini is one of the most fascinating...

The palace-fortress of the Counts Orsini is one of the most fascinating architecture of the whole southern Tuscany. Born in 1100 as a fortress of the Aldobrandeschi, passed to the Orsini family in 1313. At the end of 1700, owned by the Medici and Lorraine, became the residence of the Bishop of Sovana and then the seat of the central offices of the Diocese.The structure of the building tells centuries of history of the noble families who built and inhabited: the high tower of the keep, the elegant Renaissance inner square, the frescoed rooms newly restored, with portraits of the Orsini and the zodiac symbols are of great historical, cultural and artistic attraction.Since 1989, much of the building was converted into a museum collection of art from both the building itself that the parishes of the Diocese of Pitigliano-Sovana-Orbetello fifteenth and sixteenth century frescoes, tables and paintings of famous authors, including Guidoccio Cozzarelli, Jerome Welcome, Francesco Zuccarelli; wooden statue of the Madonna and Child by Jacopo della Quercia and interesting furnishings for liturgical worship.

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Inexpensive and interesting

We have been a few times and it has some really interesting local things displayed. The history of the building itself is given on the guide but is missing a few interesting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 March 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

We enjoyed this but English translation of artefacts was patchy. The only staff person in attendance hard virtually no English which was frustrating.

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freehold, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

We had a personal tour of the fortress by a lovely guide from the museum as this small town is not heavily visited. The design of the tour is very intersting. WEll worth tyhe time and money.

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Edwardsburg, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

It was fun and interesting to walk through. Learned some history and saw what life was like when Pitiligano was first built. I recommend this Museum.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

Like a labyrinth with so many winding staircases, the building is interesting but the exhibition of religious artifacts is dull and there is little attempt to bring history alive.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015

We have been a few times and it has some really interesting local things displayed. The history of the building itself is given on the guide but is missing a few interesting facts but none the less you'll find that it is worth taking a peek, especially since the cost is minimal.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

Interesting castle, but old-style presentation -- limited explanations provided for non-Italian-speaking visitors.

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San Pedro, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2014

Palazzo Orsini is such a beautiful space and has many wonderful artifacts. Had those artifacts been labeled or arranged in a meaningful way, it would have been a much better experience. As an example, there was a large glass case of jewelry on display. It was a mix of periods and styles, arranged seemingly at random, with no information about... More 

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St Albans, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2012

This palazzo is at the heart of this stunning hill town which is in southern Tuscany-far from the the usual sights of Sienna, Florence, Pisa and Lucca. A little low on interpretation in some rooms but still a fascinating collection. Do not ignore the rest of the town including the old ghetto area

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2012

Doesn't open Mondays but is pretty interesting as you meander through the various rooms of this museum. Torture machines, old books...the themes throughout the rooms were good. I didn't really expect that much from a quaint little place like Pitigliano but it is really good.

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Piegaro, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2012

Loads of history packed into this tour of the historic center of the powerful Orsini family from Rome who ruled this area for several centuries. The palace was then occupied by religious rulers and the collection of liturgical items is very extensive. The art, furniture and yes, even the torture implements were a fascinating stroll through history. This fortress palace... More 

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