WALKING AROUND THE NEW TOWN
Now move on to the New Town, especially to the Piazza Matteotti where the ‘Torre del Candeliere’ towers above you; its name – the Tower of the Candelabra – comes from the old custom used in the past to set alight its top with a fire. Instead nowadays, from its top you can enjoy one of loveliest views of Massa Marittima and its surrounding countryside.
Observe the arch-bridge, which joins the Tower to the ‘Cassero Senese’, which dates back to 1335 (later restored in the 19th century) and is a symbol of the Siena dominion of Massa Marittima: in fact, the Fortress was planned by Angiolo di Ventura who was the architect of the world famous ‘Torre del Mangia’ in the centre square of Siena.
A few steps away, you can visit the Museum Complex of San Pietro all’Orto with its wonderful, 17th century ‘Maestà’ made by Lorenzetti and the nearby ‘Museo degli Organi Santa Cecilia’ with its collection of antique keyboard musical instruments kept inside the ancient Church of San Pietro all’Orto, now deconsacrated. Next to this, please do not miss the Church of Sant’Agostino with its Gothic architecture and its beautiful Cloister. Inside the church, a relic of San Bernardino, a monk’s habit, is carefully kept; he is known as San Bernardino of Siena but actually, he was born in Massa Marittima.
Before leaving Massa Marittima to visit its surrounding area, treat yourself to lunch in one of the town’s characteristic trattorias and taste the local delicacies, such as toasted bread with liver and kidney paste, toasted bread topped with olive oil and chopped tomatoes, Maremma’s tortellini, ‘acqua cotta’ a sort of hot broth-based soup, braised wild boar, sliced steak and the famous ‘cantucci’ almond biscuits, eagerly dipped into the Vin Santo, a dessert wine.