Oratorio di San Rocco

Built in 1486, in an attempt appease the saints and spare Seggiano from the plague, this typical small-town chapel has bared roof trusses and a modestly decorated exterior.

It’s not much to look at, but the two elegant columns that adorn the facade do date back to the Renaissance and are elegant touches.

Of course, you’re probably thinking it’s not worth a visit, but you’d be wrong. All modesty and restraint is abandoned in the interior, and you’d be sorely cheated if you missed the splendour within.

Perhaps the Seggionese ran out of money, I don’t know. But the inside of this oratory is absolutely breathtaking, covered in exquisitely coloured frescoes, many by the very famous local painter, Girolamo di Domenico.

Naturally these frescoes depict religious figures and scenes, but in some parts you can actually see the faint outline of what looks like graffiti.

In fact, these scribbles date back to when all of Tuscany was at war. If you get up close enough you can actually read one of them. It says: “May 20, 1555, here passed the Spanish Imperial Army.”

You may be affronted by this obvious lack of respect, but the oratory is beautiful none the less, and maybe even more interesting for it. You cannot miss it.