Ghino di Tacco: The Tale of a Gentleman Bandit

The abundance of history and literature is one of the most intriguing characteristics here in Val d’Orcia.  The clay hills are infused with tales of long gone times and adventurous heroes, and one of my favourites is the story of Ghino di Tacco, the gentleman bandit  who lived in the second half of the 13th century and is one of the Val d’Orcia’s best-known figures.

His kingdom was the isolated and impregnable fortress of Radicofani, not far from La Foce, perched like an eyrie high up on the bleak clay hills.

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