montieri

Throughout the Middle Ages, Montieri was coveted, first by Volterra and then by Siena, both of whom wanted the surrounding silver, copper and lead mines for themselves. Unfortunately both powerhouses were also quick to sack Montieri of its mineral deposits, damaging the landscape in the process and leaving the town to a slow decline.

Since then, the locals have done everything they could to undo that damage. You'd be hard pressed to find a bunch more dedicated to preserving and celebrating their environment.

Hectares of untouched forests around Montieri are now covered in a network of more than 500 kilometres of walking trails. Much of this landscape is in protected nature parks and is extremely popular with Tuscans looking to get in touch with their wild side through hiking, horse riding or other outdoor sports.

As well as having a huge green heart, Montieri's residents are sticklers for tradition. Like much of the Maremma, their town has been marked by centuries of different aristocrats and republicans.

Over the years each one's unique influence has been given pride of place in Montieri's heritage and lovingly preserved through the careful management of the buildings and through the annual festival, Tempora Artis Magicae, which draws inspiration from the town's Medieval roots.

Photos in slider: Egui, Baba 1967, LaPaola and Alienautic via Flickr

Sights

Chiesa di San Francesco

Built in the 16th century, its salmon-coloured walls and beautiful stained glass windows suggest it’s much younger than it actually is.

Chiesa S. Michele e Paolo

Built in the 14th century, this church holds a place close to the heart of all those who live in Montieri because it’s home to some beloved relics.

Chiesa di San Giacomo

Hidden behind a long stretch of oaks, this ancient Romanesque church was built during the 13th century.

Casa Narducci

A demonstration of the great wealth accumulated by the town during the 13th and 14th centuries, this home is simply beautiful.

Palazzo Comunale

Constructed during the 20th century over the ruins of an older palazzo, it was designed by Lorenzo Porciatti who had a thing for Neo-Gothic styles.

Fonti di Sopra e di Sotto

These two fountains date back to 1236 and are an integral part of the town’s hydraulic system. They’re also architectural masterpieces.

Museums and art parks

Parco Archeominerario

This park offers walking and biking tracks, as well as guided tours of a collection of abandoned mines.

Garden of Sounds

Located in Boccheggiano, near Montieri, this garden is an oasis lost in time, creating art not just for the eyes, but also for the ears.

Events

Tempora Artis Magicae

August

A historical re-enactment of the Middle Ages. Filled with magic, witches and centuries’ old mystery, this festival is always a highly anticipated event.

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