Glorious Middle Ages
The town of Roccatederighi, as well as its fort, were named after the descendants of a certain Tederigo who ruled over the area in the 13th century. Attracted by the many ore deposits found in the area (especially silver and copper), the Sienese took control of Roccatederighi in 1405, annexing it to the Republic of Siena. Simone Martini depicted the analogous capture of the neighbouring town of Monte Massi in the fresco found in the Sala del Gran Consiglio of the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena: towering on horseback, Guidoriccio da Folignano dominates the scene in his magnificent armour, while in the background the military camp and besieged town are realistically portrayed within a mountainous landscape.
Glorious Middle Ages
The charm of isolation
In the ’60s, the inhabitants of Roccatederighi nicknamed the local parish priest Don Camillo: felt strongly about world issues and was just as passionate about the importance of a healthy body, founding the local sports club. Today, many aspects of local life still remind us of Don Camillo and Peppone, the famous characters from the ’50s: here we are far from the dynamic economic prosperity found in other parts of Italy. Elderly people sit on the steps outside their front door, play cards at Nada’s bar, boast of their hunting feats - as if time had stod still. Old people still have vivid memories of the hardships of poverty and of post-war emigration; their children have moved away a long time ago and their grandchildren seldom visit. The only immigrants are those seeking the tranquillity of rural life, especially Swiss or Germans, often converting old abandoned houses into delightful private retreats.
The landscape’s charm is unveiled to those who cross it on foot. From Roccatederighi to Roccastrada, walking at length on the small tracks through Ampeleia's vineyards, you can experience the full richness of Maremma’s native flora and fauna. The vineyard holds within it all the elements characterising this region: culture, history and nature, landscapes, architecture and art, food and tradition: all enclosed in a single tale.