What to See and Do
The tourist information office is on Piazza Garibaldi ( tel. 0564 61 71 11; Piazza Garibaldi)
You´re more than likely to fall in love with Pitigliano- full of winding stairways, narrow cobbled lanes, arches and stone houses.
The most attractive places to visit are off Piazza Garibaldi.
Palazzo Orsini which lords over both Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza Petruccioli was constructed in the 13th century (tel. 0564 61 44 19). It has a collection of religious artefacts.
The Museo Archeologico (tel. 0564 61 40 67; Piazza della Fortezza) showcases discovered Etruscan artefacts.
Walk a bit further to the Viaduct constructed in the 16th century near the piazza.
The cathedral which was constructed in the Romanesque style to which the lofty bell tower is the only attributable features. The Baroque façade was added later.
The ghetto alleys and La Piccola Gerusalemme are a must visit (tel. 0564 61 60 06; Vicolo Manin 30). The Jewish quarter was reconstructed following the original style over a decade ago. Much work had to be done as WWII destroyed the majority of its buildings. Today you can visit the museum of Jewish culture, the little ornate synagogue, the kosher butcher, ancient bakery and dyeing workshop.
Furthermore, beneath the town are the Etruscan tomb caves that have been reused as storage cellars. Further afield in the valley which Pitigliano looks over are 15 sculpted passages which are called vie cave. some of these caves are 20m of depth and 3m of width. Most probably related to the Etruscan religion, they are thought to connect the necropolises with other Etruscan religious sites. a less accepted account of their existence supports the idea that they served as a way to take people and livestock from one place to another.
Each spring, the inhabitants of the region celebrate the end of winter with a procession from Via Cava di Giuseppe to Piazza Garibaldi with people carrying torches and a bonfire crowning the procession.