Monumento alla Progenie Ursinea

The Monument to the Ursinea Seed sits in front of Palazzo Orsini in the main square. It’s a bear-lion hybrid bearing the Orsini family crest.

Built in 1490, this monument was designed to celebrate a marriage – that of the last Aldobrandeschi heir, Pitigliano’s original ruling family, to the son of the Orsini family, the town’s soon to be rulers. It marks both the joining of two families and the passage of power from one to another.

The lion, the Aldobrandeschi’s mascot, and the bear, the Orsini’s mascot, have been combined into one very strange looking travertine statue that is supposed to symbolise fertility and future generations, although the artist had never seen a lion nor a bear in real life, so the statue bears a striking resemblance to your average household dog.

Monumento alla Progenie Ursinea
Piazza Gregorio VII, 58017 Pitigliano GR