Santa Fiora is a charming medieval village where the stone walls, alleys, small churches and original buildings have been preserved. The most imposing, located in the main square, is Palazzo Sforza Cesarini, the old local government seat, that was built on 1575 on the top of the ancient fortress, from which is still intact the medieval tower with a clock.
The locals are still small town people who live off the land, who produce cheeses and cured meats from recipes handed down from generation to generation. The bread here is always fresh and the vegetables always seasonal.
The modest but beautiful churches and sometimes too-grand-for-such-a-small-town monuments are carefully preserved as memories of the past and almost every month the town comes together to celebrate sagre and festival with delicious home-cooked food and properly honored religious figures.
But don’t let this modesty fool you. Santa Fiora was actually mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy as an important medieval city.
We are very partial to Santa Fiora as it is the home of our transportation staff. Santa Fiora is a favorite of Tuscan Muse guests, photographers, artists, cooks and writers who participate in our tours of Tuscany, photography workshops, painting workshops, culinary workshops and writing workshops in Tuscany.