Arcidosso

Towers and forts with a view.

Discover ancient aristocratic families, courageous condottieri and new prophets. The town of Arcidosso is full of stunning buildings bursting with history, all surrounded by the Monte Labbro Nature Reserve.

The Aldobrandesca Rocca (fort) dates back to the X century AD, and is part of one of the best-preserved castles in the area. Visitors can enjoy an archaeology and art tour that takes you back in time – all in the shadow of Mount Labbro.

The peaceful Nature Reserve is an incredibly spiritual place. The Giurisdavidica Tower sits on the summit, once the refuge of a religious community led by the followers of David Lazzaretti, AKA the “Prophet of Amiata”. The tower, which can be reached on foot, has withstood the ravages of time and sits today – majestic and mysterious – overlooking the landscape.

The slopes of Mount Labbro are also home to the Merigar West Tibetan Temple, which adds an Eastern feel to this atmospheric place.

Mount Amiata Parco Faunistico protects local species such as Amiatino donkeys and Apennine wolves. Both can be observed from the footpaths leading out of the village.