Capalbio“Capalbio is a castle set on a hillock overlooking a vast plain all the way to the sea, its panorama extends inland to far-away towns.”
(G. Santi, 1795)
The medieval town of Capalbio, surrounded by the stark and wild nature of the Maremma, is the last Tuscan settlement before you enter the region of Lazio.
The town boasts ancient historical origins and is spoken of in the donations made by Charlemagne. Time seems to have stood still when you enter the ancient doors which lead to the old town center, to wander along narrow alleys and the surrounding walls, which are intact to this day, and visit the castle.
Its name derives from “Caput Album” or “Campus Albus”, probably due to the presence of alabaster stones in the area.
Visiting the old town center
You gain access to the old town center through a door surmounted by a coat of arms bearing the golden lion of Siena and a bald human head which is the town symbol.
Dominated by the old castle of Aldobrandeschi origins, which was renovated by the Sienese, today it is the headquarters for important exhibits and cultural events (the Conrad Graf fortepiano played by Giacomo Puccini is kept here).
From its crenellated tower and the battlements with embrasures and parapets you can enjoy a scenic view of the plain, the sea-line and profiles of the islands of the Tuscan Archipelago.
The Romanesque church of Saint Nicholas (located in the town), with its inner walls decorated with frescoes dating to the fourteenth-century and the Renaissance and Romanesque, its capitals with zoomorphic ornaments, grape racemes, saw palmettos, rosettes and stylized leaves, and the Providence Oratory, situated outside the walls, which houses a fresco attributed to Pinturicchio (circa 1510) depicting the Madonna on a throne with the Child, angels and saints are worth visiting.