Uploaded on Feb 6, 2012
Montaione is a little medieval town, builded on the top of an hill that rules all the valley.
Even if the town is quite small, the whole Montaione's district is wide and full of historical and natural tourist attractions.
Archaeologists discovered in the area several ancient finds, from Etruscan age to Roman age. Some of them are still visible, like the water cistern of II century AC.
The urban structure of the town is simple, with just three parallel streets, where you can find the main buildings, like the Church of "San Regolo". Inside the church there are many ancient and interesting paintings.
Close to the church there is the "Palazzo Pretorio", where you can find several coats of arms of the noble families of Montaione. The Palace was the seat of government of the area.
One of the most important tourist attractions of Montaione's district is San Vivaldo, also called "Little Jerusalem". In San Vivaldo there are many chapels with statues and bas-reliefs that show the Passion of Christ. It was builded by Father Thomas from Florence in XVI century.
San Vivaldo was builded for pilgrimage, because at the time the pilgrimage in Jerusalem, ruled by Turkish, was too long, dangerous and expensive, even for the noble lords of all Europe.
Close to San Vivaldo you can find the "Borgo of Iano" and its onix mines, an important working centre for semiprecious stones.
On the top of one of the most outstanding Tuscany hills, you can find the magnificent "Rocca di Castelfalfi", of the VIII Century. It was destroyed in 1395 AC for the war between Pisa and Florence and it was re-builded several years later with the present shape.
The landscapes of the Tuscany hills are unique in the world, with both historical and natural interest.
For this "journey of the taste" we'd like to underline the production of one of the most estemeed extra-virgin olive oil of the world. An ancient and traditional product of the hills of Tuscany.
Montaione is one of the member of the "Città dell'Olio" (City of oil), an italian association of towns and producer of extra-virgin olive oil. Their aim is to preserve the olive oil culture and to guarantee the high quality to the consumers.
The harvest time for olives is november and in november the town organize the harvest festival, the festival of "oil and bread".
Montaione is renowned even for its estemeed and famous "Chianti" wine. "Chianti" is the name of a wide area of tuscan hills and the production of Chianti wine is ruled by a strict law, to guarantee the high quality of the brand.
Year-round there are several local street market in Montaione, where it's possible to taste and buy "Chianti" wine directly from local farmers and wine producers.
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