Visit of Santa Fiora and the springs
Secured on a cliff of trachyte that dominates the source of the Fiora, the area of Santa Fiora has a different history to that of the other Amiata villages. Santa Fiora was not subject to the Abbey of Santissimo Salvatore, but soon became the most important Aldobrandeschi holding on the mountain, resisting the numerous conquering attempts by the Siennese. In 1439, it passed to the Sforza family, to then finish under Florentine control in 1633.
The first find is the massive Palazzo del Conte, once of the Sforza Cesarini and today seat of the Council. You go round it to the left and passing through it via an arcade you come into the large square that is the sitting room of the town. From the square, the Via Carolina leads to the church del Suffragio (1716-1726) and then goes down to the Parish of St. Flora and St. Lucilla, the most important and famous of the town’s monuments. Erected before 1000AD, it was rebuilt in the 13th century and widened in 1792 with the addition of the lateral naves. The interior hosts a collection of splendid terracotta pieces attributed to Andrea Della Robbia.
The Springs of Fiora River are the major waterway on the slopes of Monte Amiata. The visit to the springs is an experience full of charm for the natural spectacular offered to visitors as well as for the importance of the river in the history of Santa Fiora.