You will almost certainly fall in love with Pitigliano as soon as you lay eyes on the town. Build on a stone spur in a wild landscape in Tuscany, Pitigliano blends perfectly into the rock. From its position high above the lush valleys and twin rivers, Pitigliano affords stunning views, ones which have been enjoyed for many centuries as the local Roman and Etruscan ruins, tombs and caverns are testament to. The undeniable influence of the Jewish community, which dates back to the 15th century, has earned Pitigliano the nickname ‘Little Jerusalem’, and Jewish culture is still very important in the town.
Many days can be spent wandering the streets of Pitigliano, as there are just so many glorious sites and viewpoints to discover. The beautiful synagogue is once again open to the public, and there are plenty of traditional kosher restaurants and shops to explore. The Orsini Castle which stands at the entrance to the village is an impressive sight, and hides the town’s archaeological museum which displays some of the finest artefacts discovered in and around Pitigliano.
There are a range of festivals and fairs every year in Pitigliano. The Torciata di San Giuseppe on the 19th March is a fascinating spectacle, as habit dressed men carry bundles of burning reeds through the streets, and the Petilia Festival in the first week of December is a wonderful celebration of music, wine and food.
The countryside surrounding Pitigliano is some of the wildest in the whole of Tuscany, sparsely populated and filled with open, rolling hills and scattered hot springs. There is no end of routes to walk, cycle and ride, with route maps available from the Pitigliano tourist information offices.
Although all the major cities of Tuscany and Lazio are within easy reach of a self catering Pitigliano holiday rental, it is the village of Saturnia which really captures the imagination. Just a few miles down the road from Pitigliano, Saturnia is absolutely stunning, despite its small size, and is filled with artefacts from eras dating back to the Romans, as well as a handful of absolutely mouth-watering restaurants. If you would like to indulge in a little pampering, the Saturnia Spa and Hot Spring is a magnificent place to visit from accommodation in Pitigliano.
There is never a bad time to visit Pitigliano. During the summer months, average temperatures reach around 28°C, with daily peak temperatures often hitting the 30°C mark. Even in winter, daytime conditions are very pleasant, reaching up to 20&#deg;C during the day in January.
The truly rural location of a self catering Pitigliano villa means that it does require a little effort to reach. Rome’s Fiumincino Airport (FCO) is within a two hour drive of a Pitigliano holiday rental, but there are plenty of sights to be seen along the particularly scenic drive. There are many regular flights to Rome from the UK, the lion’s share of which are provided by British Airways and BMI.