What remains of the ancient strengthened suburb of Castell'Ottieri
rises along the road that brings to Sorano from the Mount Amiata. From
the Cassia road it can be reached following the indications for Proceno,
then S.Giovanni and finally for Sorano.
Castell'Ottieri was part of the numerous castles
of minor dominions tied to the powerful feudal family of the Aldobrandeschi
that studded this area of Tuscany dictates 'Etruscan zone of the Tuff'.
The castle, whose name is derived from the Latin 'castellum Lotharii',
rose from a small relief on this volcanic rock that dominates the underlying
valley and its origin is clearly medieval. A thick and tall keep, of rectangular
form, with the external part endowed with a round tower that once rose
in height above it, still dominates the gate of principal access of the
city walls, of which some lines are still visible. All the fortifications
are dressed of bricks in tuff. This makes the fortification seem a natural
prolongation of the rock from which it rises. Despite the bad state of
maintenance today the beautiful windows and the heraldic coats of arms
that adorn the tower still testify the past beauty of Castell'Ottieri.
Today it needs much restoration work and several years ago scaffoldings
were placed around the small fortress to prevent its collapse.