Its origins are so remote they cannot be fathomed. The mass of tufo on which it is built today consists of areas that prove that human beings must have lived here since the Neolithic age. Etruscan life can be traced from the necropoli which have been discovered scattered along the banks of the Torrente Meleta and the Fiume river. Its name may relate according to a legend to the story of two exiles escaping justice (Petilio and Ciliano) who had stolen the gold crown of Giove Statore on the Capitoline Hill. In fact, from 385 B.C. there lived a “Gens Petilia” (a Petilia family), to which the name of Pitigliano is attributed.
It is 25 minutes from the Bella Antiglia, and situated on an escarpment of tufo rock, from which it suddenly appears in an almost magical way, specially at night. Apart from its notable architecture, it is a welcoming little town with shops of handicrafts, local products and restored antique furniture.
Civic Archeological Museum of Etruscan Civilisation.
Palazzo Orsini Museum.
The Synagogue, Ghetto and Jewish Museum.
The “open” museum – “The museum of the living and the museum of the dead”.
Historic Reference Points
Archi dell’Acquadotto Mediceo
Paths in the caves and rock settlements (Recommended)
19 March St.Joseph’s torch procession – To celebrate the beginning of Spring
June Casone - In honour of St Paul of the Cross.
August Petilia Festival - The enchantment of Pitigliano, with wine and music (Recommended)
Firts half of September Honouring Maria Santissima della Grazie
December – To celebrate the end of the year.
Pro Loco, via Roma 11
Tel. 0564 617081