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anghiari

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Walking in Tuscany
             
 

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Monticiano

 

album Surroundings
       
   

Monticiano

   
   
Monticiano is a very old village which dates back to the 12th century. Originally a castle property of the Bishop of Volterra, it later came under the domination of Siena. The remains of the castle are still visible and the little streets of the village are very picturesque.
Monticiano is located in a beautiful area, in the heart of a valley between the river Merse and the river Farma. The oldest part of the village is located on a hilltop, within the remains of the ancient walls. From the top of the hill the view over the valley of the river Merse is breathtaking.
The origins of the village are celebrated every year in October, when the Palio dei Ciuchi, a donkey race in medieval costumes, brings the past back to life.

The village has two churches. The Romanesque Chiesa di Sant'Agostino of the late 13th century, with the chapter room of the former monastery frescoed by Bartolo di Fredi, Guidoriccio Cozzarelli and Giovanni di Bartolo di Fredi, Guidoriccio Cozzarelli e Giovanni di Paolo. In Gothic style it is one of the Augustinian order's oldest hermitages. The older parish Pieve dei Santi Giusto e Clemente, of the 12th century, has a neat stone façade.

Monticiano is only 5km away from the Abbey of San Galgano and the legendary sword in the stone. There is a hiking trail through the woods which leads from Monticiano to the Abbey of San Galgano, one of the most beautiful monuments in Tuscany.
The village of Bagni di Petriolo with the thermal spas Terme di Petriolo also belongs to the municipality of Monticiano. Worth seeing are the locality of San Lorenzo a Merse with the ancient castle and the Romanesque church, the hamlet of Castello di Tocchi, the ruins of the Castellaccio, Monte Quoio and Renna. Other sights and attractions are the Castle of Belagaio and the Palazzo Calliani.

Early in June, in Monticiano, takes place the Palio dei Rioni horse race.
Weekly Market in Monticiano is on Friday (Piazza S. Agostino 8:00-13:00).

Comune

I Bagni di Petriolo

The remains of the fort of Petriolo are located at the northernmost part of the territory of Civitella Paganico, at the border of the municipality of Monticano.
Petriolo was already known to the Etruscans and Romans, because of the curative properties attributed to its sulphurous hot springs.
In the 17th century the area began to decline in favour of the baths at Pignoni and San Filippo. However the Ospedale di Santa Maria della Scala in Siena revived the springs which came under the authority of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, who passed it on to the Cospi family in 1648. In 1713 the Ospedale obtained permission to demolish the castle walls and to make use of its stonework. Today all that remains of the walls are those connected to the tower. Only one of the four original baths remains.
Petriolo is still very popular with locals who soak in the hot mineral water where it cascades down the bank via a number of artificial pools into the Farma river.

Torniella

More to the south, on the road to Roccastrada, you can reach Torniella. The castle of the Ardengheschi, the vassals of the Aldobrandeschi, forms the stronghold of the town.
One of many sign-posted walking paths around Torniella arrives at the waterfalls on the Farma stream known as i Canaloni. After an extended walk you find a little waterfall with rocks and natural pool.

Castello di Tocchi is an 11th century medieval fortified village on a hilltop about a mile from Tocchi. Its medieval circular stone walls and the magnificent arched entrance have remained intact.

 


Petrioli Terme


Thermal baths of Petriolo


Abbey of San Galgano


Castello di Belagaio

Riserve Naturali Senesi | Nature Reserves | Map

   
>Riserva Naturale La Pietra | La Pietra Nature Reserve
Situated in Upper Val di Farma, some kilometers in the south-east of the town of Monticiano, La Pietra Nature Reserve protects a territory almost entirely covered with woodlands, between the stream Farma and the last stretch of the stream Farmulla, one of its left tributaries.

La Riserva Naturale Alto Merse | Upper Merse Nature Reserve
The Reserve includes in its southern part the stretch of the river Merse running between the two bends formed by the watercourse in the north-east of Monticiano and near Brenna; the remaining area protects most of the basin of the stream Ricausa, left tributary of the river Merse.

The Farma Nature Reserve, situated between Monticiano and Roccastrada, incorporates the middle stretch of the beautiful, wild valley of the river Farma, the main tributary of the river Merse. The whole Farma valley, especially the part within the reserve, preserves a number of natural features which are unique to the province of Siena and among the most interesting in the country.
In the valley there are numerous historical traces of the Middle Ages, such as the mills and the iron mines where iron was worked, powered by the energy provided by the water. The river Farma became an industrial centre for the working of iron. The most important ironworks used to be known as the Ruota (‘wheel’) and is now called the Ferriera. The whole building can still be seen, as well as a dam for the collection of water a few hundred metres upstream.

The Hermitage of Montespecchio

 

I Canaloni
The Hermitage of Montespecchio was built by monks of St. Augustine’s Order in 1192 near the famous serpentinite caves of Vallerano. The convent was built in two colours: pink and black marble, both valuable and expensive building materials. The church was part of one of the largest Augustinian convent complexes of its time from which only a few foundation stones remain today.



Massa Marittima and the Metalliferous Hills


  The Hermitage of Montespecchio, near Murlo
The Hermitage of Montespecchio
The Farma Nature Reserve (it)

Sentieri Farma Merse | Monticiano-Camerata


Belagaio Castle - Torniella
| 13 km, 4 hours

Torniella - Sassoforte - Roccatederighi | 20 km, 5 hours

Walking in Tuscany and the Val di Merse | From San Galgano to Monticiano

Walking in Tuscany| From Monticiano to Camerata and the Hermitage of Camerata
 

Monticiano-Camerata

 

I sentieri e le escursioni del Farma-Merse | Sentieri e Percorsi

1. Sentiero Iesa-Tocchi
2. Sentiero Iesa-Terme di Petriolo
3. Sentiero della Gola del Merse
4. Sentiero di San Galgano
5. Sentiero della Pietra
6. Sentiero Scalvaia-Valle del Farma
7. Sentiero Monticiano-Camerata
8. Antica Strada Maremmana

 

   
   

The ruins of the Abbey of San Galgano, where Tarkovsky shot the final scene of Nostalghia

 

The Abbey of Saint Galgano was a Cistercian Monastery found in the valley of the river Merse. The abbey was the location where parts of Andrei Tarkovsky's 1983 film Nostalghia were shot.

Films set in Tuscany | Nostalghia (1983)

 

 
   


Monticiano borders Chiusdino, Civitella Paganico, Murlo, Roccastrada, Sovicille.
To the municipality of Monticiano also belong the localities of Castello di Tocchi, Cerbai, Iesa, Lama, Palazzo, San Lorenzo a Merse, Solaia and Tocchi.
 

Chiusdino | Istituto Osho Miasto

Osho Miasto, the biggest Osho center in Italy, is located in a very quiet position, in the strong, wild and beautiful nature of Montagnola Senese, in Tuscany, close to Siena. All the activities are focused on Osho's work focusing on inner silence, awareness and celebration.

OSHO Miasto is also a community where approximately 30 persons are living together sharing their love for Osho, the passion for their spiritual search and a readiness to experiment the life and work in a community as instruments for their personal and spiritual growth.

Istituto Osho Miasto

Loc. Podere S. Giorgio, 16, Chiusdino di Casole d'Elsa, Siena

 

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