Gavorrano is a town of less than nine thousand inhabitants on the southern spur of Monte d’Alma. Until the 1980s, it depended mainly on pirite mining. The San Giuliano Church and the Palazzo Comunale are the main attractions,
Gavorrano travel guide
Tourist information: The information office is in the Biblioteca Comunale in Piazza XXIV Maggio. Phone: +39 0566 846259. Hours: From June 15 to September 15, from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00 (except on Monday mornings).
Town hall: Piazza Buozzi, 16 – 58023 Gavorrano. Phone: +39 0566 843111.
Railway station: There is a railway station in the suburb of Potassa. However, if you wish to visit Gavorrano itself, this is not very useful, being quite far away.
Nearest airport: Pisa.
The biggest tourist attraction in Gavorrano itself is the San Giuliano Church, with a “Madonna and Child” from the 14th century.
The Palazzo Comunale is the town hall of the city.
In the borough of Poderi Alti there is a cave called Buca della Fata (“Hole of the Fairy”) and at Caldana the ancient city walls and the San Biagio Church can be visited.
Nowadays the biggest suburb of the city is Bagno di Gavorrano.
A brief history of Gavorrano
Although Gavorrano was founded earlier, the first noteworthy event was the donation of the town to Count Alberti. After this, various powers fought over the rule of the town. Siena was the final victor. The most famous event in the history of the city is the death of Pia de Tolomei.
Annual events and festivals
On the second Sunday of August, the Salto della Contessa (“Leap of the Countess”) takes place. For the occasion, the city is then divided into two contrade, called Pannocchieschi (the historic center) and Tolomei (the modern part of the municipality). The death of the Countess Tolomei is reenacted here.
How to get to Gavorrano
The E80 highway and the provincial road SP152 pass close to Gavorrano.