Edited by Mauro Bucci

The 14 people of La Rocca who opened their doors to the soldiers from Siena in 1418 were led by a certain Giovanni and his brother Domenico, the sons of Bartolo, who went by the name of Zolla.
Siena treated them very generously, and as reward for the serious danger they had put themselves in, gave them 300 cows, 22 mares, a mill on the river Orcia, the Piaggia and the Farville vineyards, and the Montelaccio farm, 300 florins and 14 measures of wheat to divide among themselves. Giovanni del Zolla was also given La Rimbecca, the Palazzuolo and the Palace of Geta.

All this bounty from heaven obviously came out of the Salimbeni’s property, which had been confiscated by Siena and made the conspirators rich. I have my doubts as to whether they actually enjoyed all this wealth. These were times when the powerful were really powerful and while the Salimbeni were defeated in their ambitions to become the lords of Siena, they still wielded considerable power. The Count of Santa Fiora was the grandson of Cocco, Bosio Sforza, while his half-brother Francesco rose to become the Duke of Milan.
Sadly, we have no documents on the fate of the conspirators, but the historical news is not very comforting. We do know that in 1438, a mere 20 years later, La Rimbecca and the Palace of Geta were no longer in the hands of Giovanni Zolla, but were owned by one Antonio Petrucci, at that time the most powerful person in Siena who, surprise surprise, had married Marietta, the newly widowed spouse of Cocco Salimbeni.
This wedding took place in 1437, and Marietta Salimbeni brought as her dowry to Antonio Petrucci the castle of Perignano in the Orcia Valley and many other strategically located castles, together with many farmsteads and lands (possibly including the Petrucci).

Antonio was the head of the large Petrucci family, at that time one of the greatest in Siena. With his marriage to the Salimbeni heiress, he gained the undisputed domain over the town, setting his foundations and eyeing a conquest of the Signoria and government.
Antonio was the brother, or he may have been the cousin, of Giacoppo Petrucci, father of Pandolfo, called the Magnificent, who later became the ruler of Siena.