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Don't let Montemerano's humble exterior fool you. The simple, unassuming 15th century walls that surround this small town never betray the incredible charm that hides behind them. The tourists who don't stop at Montemerano are blissfully unaware of the incredible splendour they're missing.

It's a fair hike from the base of Montemerano to its centre. Passing through winding streets and sand brick houses, you get a sense of  the town not only as it is for those who live here, but as it was when it was built in the Middle Ages.

And then all of a sudden, the alleyway opens up into a truly beautiful courtyard. Here the stone steps of houses and timber doors are hidden behind climbing ivy and robust vines. Colourful flowers bloom out of old wine barrels. The homes possess a tranquility and character that only comes with age. I have never seen anything more evocative or picturesque.

Still, the locals can't really see the fuss everyone makes over their town. These are country folk and very little sways them from their daily activities. Most are more than content to sit outside their ancient houses with neighbours, watching everyone else go about their business.

Like much of the Maremma, Montemerano was shaped by the powerful Aldobrandeschi, who are responsible for the town we see today.

But, unlike many Maremman towns, Montemerano still breathes the air of its past. Its rich history, tradition and culture is still alive and well within its walls.

Sights

Chiesa di San Giorgio

This church epitomises the incredible, but concealed beauty of Montemerano within its very, very humble exterior and tired looking front door.

Piazza del Castello

Words can’t describe how beautiful this piazza is and I’m not just being poetic. I have seen tourists lose hours marveling over its beauty, much like I have!

Poderi di Montemerano

On the outskirts of Montemerano, these houses were once known as the ‘Poderi di Sotto’. They wholeheartedly embody the essence of the Maremma, enough said.

Events

Festa di San Giorgio

April

A musical festival that celebrates the patron saint of Montemerano in the best way possible – with plenty of delicious local delicacies, exuberant dancing and fascinating arts and crafts.

Vivamus 

July

This event is very close to my heart. As its name suggests, it’s about living the Maremma country lifestyle in all its splendour and vigour, beauty and vitality.

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