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Rocca di Pietracassia

The Rocca di Pietracassia


can be considered one of the most important High Middle Age monuments in the province of Pisa. The great calcareous rock, of 532 meters of altitude, crowned by the Rocca, dominates the ancient road that connect the Valdera with the Valdicecina, and on the north side is naturally protected by a bulge of about 80 meters. The name Pietracassia comes, perhaps, from a crack opened in the rock ('Pietra cassa' means cracked stone) but some historians connect this name with the one of the Roman triumvir Cassio. Its location was, already in the Etruscan era, ideal to control the main road used for the carriage of the copper extracted in the near Montecatini mines.