Pitigliano, the town of Roman thieves? It is, according to a legend that traces the name of this southern Tuscan town to two thieves, Petililo and Celiano, who fled Rome after theft of a golden crown from a Jupiter statue on the Capitoline hill. Legends always bear a thread of truth and at the end of the 4th century B.C., a group called “Gens Petilia” did exist.
Carved from volcanic stone, the town of Pitigliano is located south of Montepulciano, and not too far from the thermal mineral waters of Bagno San Filippo. The cliffs of Pitigliano, Sovana and