porta romana


PORTA ROMANA The only remaining gate of the four original (porta Fiorentina, porta di Fontebuia, Porta dell’Inferno or di Fonte Cenciosa) and dating from the Sienese period, although the doors likely existed previously. It was also made with recycled materials, such as the travertine slab with Latin inscriptions that is lodged in the wall.

VIA CLODIA the Via Clodia is a paved road from the Roman period which was likely built on an existing Etruscan trail. Construction began in the 3rd century BC and was completed a century later; the Via Clodia connected the city with all major centers of the coast and the interior. Its route is still somewhat contested, but we can follow it from Tuscania towards Canino, Castellardo, the Villa della Selvicciola, Castro, Lamone, across the Fiora River near the present day bridge on SR 74 between Manciano and Pitigliano, and then finally to Saturnia.The route can be traveled on foot until provincial road 10, which leads to entrance to the Terme di Saturnia.

Le Mura The village is surrounded by an impressive city wall whose oldest sections date back to the 3rd century BC, when Saturnia was under Roman rule. Under Silla the network was strengthened; on Via degli Aldobrandeschi the walls are now incorporated into a home. However, numerous wars greatly damaged the original city wall, forcing Siena to restore them. The typical blackbird design is still visible from the site where the Porta Fiorentina once stood.