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MONTALTO DI CASTRO - MONUMENTS & Museums
 
Castello Guglielmi

Commissioned in the 1300s by the powerful Orsini family, the mediaeval Castello Guglielmi still dominates the town with its loggia and battlements.
Two churches are worth seeing in the old centre: Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta, a 15th Century church containing relics of Saints Quirino and Candido, the patron saints of Montalto, with the coat-of-arms of Pope Pius VI Braschi above the portal in the local travertine stone; Chiesa di Santa Croce, a 14th century church in piazza F. Guglielmi containing the "Madonna della Vittoria" painting.

 


Pescia Romana
Pescia is a separate district of Montalto di Castro, along the Aurelia (S.S. 1) right on the Tuscan border (after the power station).
Pescia boasts excellent unspolit beaches and dunes (you can walk all the way to Ansedonia, past the Burano Nature Reserve). N.B.: the sand here is not quite as black as the volcanic sand on the Montalto Marina beaches.

Along the modern Aurelia you're bound to have noticed the former pontificial customs house - Palazzo del Chiarone - with its arches, 90 odd rooms, a suite for the Pope, stables and even a prison. Unfortunately it's now fallen into disrepair and is up for sale.



Montalto Marina
Built in the 1400s on the banks of the River Fiora, the Torre is a typical example of a naval watchtower (keeping a look-out for those Saracen pirates who used to ravage the coast), while opposite is an imposing building with an interesting flight of steps, once used as a grain store. Behind this is a long stretch of Mediterranean pine forest with picnic facilities and (further on, after the camping site) a circuit of exercise benches etc. for the fit (or would-be fit). There's even a great aerial runway for the kids (and adults) to zip down...

Also behind the grain store is a free parking area for RVs and caravans with drains and water on tap. Plans are underfoot for the Fiora estuary to become a proper marina for yachts etc. ...
Further on, just off the coast from the Punta delle Murelle is the submerged Etruscan port of Regisvillae, hugely responsible for the successful economy of the ancient town of Vulci before the River Fiora started to silt up.