Monticiano  quiet  village of Tuscany inside nature.

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MONTICIANO: Country : Italy |  Region: Tuscany |  Province: Siena

Population: 1483 | Alt. 365 mt a.s.l  | Zip  53015 | Area code 0577
Distances: Siena 35 km; Florence 90 km,  

 
     
 

 Town information

 
 

The village of Monticiano rises in Siena's province, in Tuscany, south west of the city, where the metalliferous hills meet the first Maremma's woods and offers nature lovers an uncontaminated environment rich in flora and fauna, variegated by waters and paths, by singular geological sites, architectural monuments and art treasures to unveil, away from the usual tourist routes; a strong sense of its history and of its traditions of labour, culture and recreation all in constant touch with a natural heritage that is harsh and wild and for this reason unique. 

For those that enjoy excursions in nature's solemn silence there is no better place than the Monticiano territory, which includes the villages of "Iesa", "San Lorenzo a Merse", "Tocchi", "Scalvaia", "Bagni di Petriolo" , "Il Santo" and offers a series of forest courses ideal for excursions on foot, on bike and horse back, crossing marvellous woods of chestnut trees and turkey oaks, cork trees, ferns and strawberry trees, but also extremely rare plant species like the yew and the beech. Along the rivers Farma and Merse and the numerous streams that flow silently between valleys and rocks it is not unusual to come face to face with otters, or alpine newts, or to be able to spot the Fario trout or the rare river prawn. In Monticiano guided tours are organized through the naturalistic paths and all the necessary tourist information for visiting the area is provided.

 
     
 

 Sights to see and things to do

 
 

The wonderful paths immersed in nature accompany the visitor on the discovery of the many artistic treasures present in the district. In addition to the Abbey of San Galgano and the Montesiepi Hermitage, with which Monticiano territory confines, a special mention is needed: the Church and cloister of Sant'Agostino with the fresco series representing the Passion of Christ with works of art by  Giovanni di Paolo, Ambrosi, Cozzarelli, Pietro Lorenzetti and the small collection of sacred art; the parish church with the recently discovered frescoes, the alleys, the small piazzas; Monticiano's antique gate and walls; the chapels and hermitages in the surrounding woods; Tocchi with its castle and the frescoes in the church; Petriolo's medieval thermal baths; the parish and the village of San Lorenzo a Merse; the quiet nature that surrounds the villages of "Iesa" and "Scalvaia".

 
 
 

 Events and festivals in MONTICIANO

 
  Constant variations of colours and smells live throughout the year in Monticiano and its surroundings; Spring is exuberant with greens and wildflowers, glades of light and warm shadows that awaken the fauna in the woods. Summer allows refreshing baths in the streams or at the healthy sulphuric thermal pools, canoe rides along the rivers or just calm fishing. Autumn is rich and generous in its colours and wild fruits like mushrooms and chestnuts. The silent Winter, with its frost and low fog, welcomes the hunting season: the wild boar hunt is a traditional pastime. The woods have always been the center of life in Monticiano; you can still meet those who make charcoal slack, who chop wood in the old fashioned way or who collect tree heath.  The village lives moments of festivity during Easter, with the sacred Thursday and  God Friday procession through the narrow streets of the village lit by the torches and candles of the faithful. In the torchlight, the faithful pray and sing an ancient "Stabat mater"and are carried along the procession the statues of the dead Body of Christ and Our Lady of Sorrow.
People go on in pilgrimages to Camerata Hermitage the first Tuesday after Easter. In May there is the village festival which honours Tagliatelle - Early in June, in Monticiano, there is the Palio dei Rioni horse race; often throughout summer there are also concerts and other cultural feasts. The welcome for visitors is guaranted by family run hotels, farmhouses, holiday farms and other vacation rentals. The appetite is satiated by genuine dishes based on typical local cuisine.
 
 

 Getting there

 
 
By Train
:  The closest railway station is SIENA train station Train schedules

By Air: International flights to Rome, Pisa, Florence o Milan

 

 

 

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