Campiglia Marittima - Campiglia Marittima,
maintains intact many aspects of the medieval town. The built-up
area is dominated by the Castle, built perhaps between the
8th and 9th centuries but then rebuilt between the 12th and
A part of the medieval walls is still
visible, and the North Gate and the Florentine (or St Anthony)
Gate are original of the era, decorated with the stone coats
of arms of Pisa, Florence, Campiglia and of the Gherardesca
More or less in the centre of the village
rises the Praetorian Palace, remodelled several times and
the facade of which abounds in stone coats of arms of the
podestas of the 15th and 16th centuries. Inside the palace
can still be seen the so-called "torture chamber",
that is, the room in which prisoners used to be tortured.
Precisely on the left side of the Praetorian Palace opens
up a wider part among the most interesting in the historic
centre of Campiglia, with stone edifices with small balconies
and outside staircases, medieval arches and narrow alleys.
A short distance form the Florentine
Gate is the Church of St Anthony, founded in the Middle Ages
but remodelled during the following centuries.
The most interesting church in Campiglia
is located a short distance from the built-up area, on the
road that leads to Venturina. The parish church of St John,
clearly Romanesque in style, was founded in 1163 and retains
a lovely 12th-century altar. Outside on a lateral flank of
the church there is a beautiful portal with the architrave
decorated with a hunting scene from the end of the 12th century.
Legend has it that the birth of the parish church can be traced
back to the discovery of the mortal remains of St Florentius.
Hotly contested between the inhabitants of Campiglia and those
of Piombino, the remains were laid out on a cart drawn by
oxen. The oxen set off towards Campiglia, and stopped in the
exact place where today the parish church rises. The body
of the saint is conserved at present inside the Church of
St Laurence, the parish church of Campiglia. The Etruscan
vestiges in the territory of Campiglia Marittima can instead
be traced back to the territory currently included in the
"Parco Archeominerario" of San Silvestro. The fortified
village of San Silvestro, between Campiglia and San Vincenzo,
was founded in the 10th century.
Where is Campiglia Marittima: is located in the south
of Livorno province, in the area called Val di Cornia
How to reach Campiglia Marittima: From Livorno, take
direction south towards Grosseto on the road called SS2. After
60 Km exit San Vincenzo and follow direction Campiglia Marittima
which is 5 Km far.
Nearby: Visit Suvereto, San Vincenzo, Populonia
Distances: Livorno 65 Km - Florence 130 Km - Pisa
88 Km - Siena 100 Km - Grosseto 65 Km
Correct name is Campiglia Marittima
Common mistakes are Campilia, Campillia, Camilia, Maritima,