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Description

Pomarance is the gateway to the largest geothermal area in Europe.

Devil’s Valley

Indeed, it is the ideal place from which to visit the Museum of Geothermal Energy of Larderello which tells the story and describes the techniques used to obtain geothermal energy from fumaroles and natural geothermal events for which the area is known as “Valle del Diavolo” (Devil’s Valley).


Hamlet among the hamlets

Masso-Fanciulle-dintorni

“Masso delle Fanciulle”

Pomarance was an important medieval castle; today only part of the walls and gates are left. The charming old center includes the 12th century Romanesque parish church with works by local painters Niccolò Cercignani and Cristofano Roncalli (known as Pomarancio), the Piazza della Pretura, and the 19th-century palaces of Via Roncalli, among which the Palazzo Bicocchi Museum, a 19th-century bourgeois residence.

In the surroundings, many charming hamlets such as Libbiano, Micciano, Montegemoli (taste its bread), Montecerboli, Serrazzano, Lustignano, San Dalmazio (with the ruins of the Romanesque church of Sillano). All surrounded by landscapes of rare beauty and all dominated by the imposing bulk of the Rocca Sillana, one of the most significant examples of medieval military architecture in Tuscany.


Breedings

The agricultural vocation can also be found in animal husbandry. Typical of the area are the “pomarancino” lamb, a breed that adapts well to the rugged hilly terrain and provides excellent meat (so much so that a Consortium was born) and the “monterufolino” horse, a small but robust indigenous horse breed which takes its name from the Monterufoli reserve, a true paradise for hiking and MTB enthusiasts.



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Information
Consorzio turistico Volterra Valdicecina Valdera
Viale della Costituzione
56045 Pomarance
t. + 39 0588 62089
www.volterratur.it

Geographical area
Val di Cecina

Population
over 7.000

Distance from Pisa
82 km