Montaione: The lesser known Tuscan village between Florence and Siena provides a tranquil escape


The majestic Montaione is a hilltop village in Tuscany between Florence and Siena. It is a lesser known medieval village in the region. Vineyards and olive groves surround this beautiful town. It is reachable by following mountain roads south of Florence.

Montaione is also nearby the other Tuscan cities of San Gimignano and Volterra. This means it can be explored in conjunction with them. Although fewer people know about Montaione, it is not missing the breathtaking beauty of the Tuscan landscape which is rich in beautiful greenery,lush woods and clay hills.

Historians know it for glass making, a trade which dates back to the 13th century when they began producing bottles and flasks. They link the history of the village to the Etruscans and Romans. Archeological evidence reveals remains of their civilizations.Today we associate the town with the production of agriculture.
In the historical center the town maintains a portion of its ancient structure.

Visitors will find several important churches and look out points. The most noteworthy is the Church of San Regalo which houses the Madonna del Buon Consiglio by Guido da Graziano, also from the 13th century.

Accommodation facilities have begun to grow in the region which includes many renovated villas, a golf course, a nature preserve and olive groves. Thanks to good weather, visitors to the area can enjoy a rich wine and food tradition in Montaione. One particularly celebrated food item in the region is the white truffle or “tartufo bianco.

The surrounding areas of Montaione are also perfect for hiking or biking. The town is very close to the famous Via Francigena which in medieval times connected Canterbury to Rome. Today travelers can experience the historic trail, following the steps of pilgrims from before the year 1000.

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