"Castello di Fosini" estate

"Castello di Fosini" estate


2180 ha

18 ha

The entire Provincial Nature Reserve of Siena called "Cornate e Fosini" is 453 ha. The part falling within Fosini is about 220 ha

1926 ha

300 ha


  • 1Tre Colli
  • 2Salicastro
  • 3La Casetta
  • 4Castello di Fosini
  • 5Casa Nuova
  • 6Castiano
  • 7Casone
  • 8Riscone
  • 9Pod. Casendoli
  • 10Pescine
  • 11Pod. Brenna
  • 12Il Casone
  • 13Il Serraglio
  • 14La Mammoletta
  • 15La Ripa
  • 16Belcaro
  • 17Il Casino
  • 18Le Cappannaccie
  • 19La palazzina
  • 20Pod. Mutti
  • 21Campo all'Orzo
  • 22Malandresca
  • 23San Luigi
  • 24San Piero
  • 25Pod. Il Melluzzo
  • 26Casa Nova Della Venturina
  • 27Il Molino
  • 28Molino di Fosini
  • 29Pod. l'Orto
  • 30Chiesa di San Rocco
  • 31Cimitero
  • 32Monumento ai Partigiani

Fosini's Castle has a long history

This castle is located in the Pavone valley in the natural reserve of Cornate

the border of the provinces of Siena, Pisa and Grosseto

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    Natural reserve Cornate and Fosini”

    Nearly 1,000 ha in total, the reserve is part of the province of Grosseto (Municipality of Montieri) and the province of Siena (Municipality of Radicondoli)

    The territory is characterised by a remarkable biodiversity, with broadleaf deciduous forests, small forts and pastures, mostly abandoned and grown over with resinous conifers. 

    The mountain chains are covered with forests of natural origin (oaks, chestnut groves, hop hornbeams), and only partially artificial (reforestation of the black pine). 

    The resident fauna is comprised of: fox, roe, fallow deer, porcupine, wolf, weasel, polecat, stone marten, wildcat and boar.

    The avifauna includes the red partridge, quail, pheasant, woodlark and shrike. It is a characteristic place for numerous birds of prey, which inhabits and nests (some) in the cliffs of Fosini Castle: the European honey buzzard, the harrier eagle, the hen harrier, the goshawk, the sparrowhawk, the buzzard, the kestrel, the lanner falcon and peregrine falcon, the barn owls, the Eurasian eagle-owl, the owl, the tawny owl and the common owl.

    The main points of architectural interest in it are: Fosini Castle in the Province of Siena, the quarries of Rosso Ammonitico on the Cornate (known for having provided the red-coloured material for the flooring of the Duomo di Siena) and the remnants of a silver mine 

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    Fosini Castle”

    Fosini Castle seems to hark back to mid-XII century, as is shown by its addition to the possessions of the bishops of Volterra. Later, it was the feud of the family of Pannocchieschi Counts, until entering into the scope of Siena's sovereignty, probably under the dominion of the d'Elci Counts.

    The Cassero has a quadrangular silhouette set around a central courtyard. Only the northwest side conserves the original shoe-sized base and numerous arrow slits on the lower floor.

    Another famous thing about the castle is its ghost. The legend tells that central Italy was struck by the so-called "dark disease" (today the black death) in the year 300, and that in the Fosini Castle only Ilario Brandani remained alive, with a reputation of being a necromancer who knew ancient spells for waking the dead. He stayed shut up there for years, alone inside Fòsini, with dozens of corpses and silence as his only companions. Still today it seems that at night he reveals his presence.

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    Monument in honour of the XXIII “Guido Boscaglia” Garibaldi Brigade”

    In the heart of the estate at an altitude of 960 m ASL, there is a monument to commemorate the XXIII “Guido Boscaglia” Garibaldi Brigade. In fact, in 1943 in the woods of Fosini a group of young people barely 20 years old had to flee from German troops, to then become one of the most famous resistance groups in the area. The group conducted numerous attacks that aimed to make the German retreat difficult and to defend the local population from their punitive raids.

    A total of 29 armed men and just 22 muskets, 2 defective sub-machine guns, 2 machine guns and 2 revolvers.