Abbadia San Salvatore

Abbey of Sant'Antimo

Albarese

Acquapendente


anghiari

Archipelago Toscano


Arcidosso


Arezzo


Asciano


Badia di Coltibuono


Bagno Vignoni

Barberino Val d'Elsa

Beaches

Bolsena Lake


Bomarzo

Brunello di Montalcino

Buenconvento

Campagnatico


Capalbio


Castel del Piano


Castelfiorentino

Castell'Azarra

Castellina in Chianti


Castelmuzio


Castelnuovo Bererdenga


Castiglioncello Bandini


Castiglione della Pescaia


Castiglione d'Orcia


Castiglion Fiorentino


Celleno


Certaldo


Chinaciano Terme


Chianti


Chiusi


Cinigiano


Città di Castello

CivitÀ di Bagnoregio


Colle Val d'Elsa


Cortona


Crete Senesi


Diaccia Botrona

Isola d'Elba

Firenze


Follonica


Gaiole in Chianti


Gavorrano

Gerfalco


Greve in Chianti


Grosseto


Lago Trasimeno


La Foce


Manciano


Maremma


Massa Marittima


Montagnola Senese


Montalcino


Monte Amiata


Monte Argentario

montecalvello

Montefalco


Montemassi


Montemerano


Monte Oliveto Maggiore


Montepulciano


Monteriggioni


Monticchiello


Monticiano


Orbetello


Orvieto


Paganico


Parco Naturale della Maremma


Perugia


Piancastagnaio


Pienza


Pisa


Pitigliano

Prato

Radda in Chianti


Roccalbegna


Roccastrada


San Bruzio


San Casciano dei Bagni


San Galgano


San Gimignano


San Giovanni d'Asso


San Quirico d'Orcia


Sansepolcro


Santa Fiora


Sant'Antimo


Sarteano


Saturnia


Scansano


Scarlino


Seggiano


Siena


Sinalunga


Sorano


Sovana


Sovicille

Talamone

Tarquinia


Tavernelle Val di Pesa


Torrita di Siena


Trequanda


Tuscania


Umbria


Val d'Elsa


Val di Merse


Val d'Orcia


Valle d'Ombrone


Vetulonia


Viterbo

Volterra




 
Walking in Tuscany
             
 
Castello di Montemassi

Castello di Montemassi

 

Walking trails in Tuscany Surroundings
       
   

 

Itinerary Sassofortino a Montemassi

 

   
   

Montemassi dates back from the 10th century and has a long and intense history. This castle has been immortalized by Simone Martini’s painting of Guidoriccio di Fogliano, a fresco inside the Palazzo Pubblico of Siena. The city has conquered Montemassi on the 15th century.


MontemassiCastelloBorgo

Castle and Borgo of Montemassi[2]

 

The itinerary


Mappa Sassofortino Montemassi

Mappa Sassofortino Montemassi


Development: 15,8 Km | Time: 5,00 hours
Interests | Historical Architectural (Pieve di Caminino) | Geological (Calcareous Fossils) | Botanical (Lavender and Cistus near
Montemassi) | Landscape (Pagiano-Road on the way to the Asina's dyke-Poggio Colombo)
Practicability
Medium difficulty.It runs through paths and cartways, fields and woods. We suggest covering this route
when it is cool. Possibility of fetching water along the trail.

We leave Sassofortino walking through small crops, Macchia , vineyards and pastures, an area rich in calcareous fossils where it is easy to find imprints of bivalves and gasteropoda where the fields are ploughed. In the whole area, especially on the highest part of the hill, huge oaks stand out on the fields. They were once very common, kept for their acorns and also for the precious shade they gave to the ploughmen when they rested. These oaks are nowadays cut down to give space to the work of tractors. We keep on walking through crops and woods of cork trees, to find ourselves in the "Pagiano" area where chestnut trees easily grow thanks to the presence of a plate of rhyolite, we then find holm trees and we get to the "Pieve of Caminino".
y the asphalted road there is the Oratory of Saint Feriolo, where it is said the Saint was martyred. Pilgrimage to this place only ended a few decades ago: people came in spring to pray that they would have plenty of water for they crops. Pilgrims would put an herring on the Saint painting, near his mouth so that it might recall him the idea of the refreshing water. We carry on crossing the asphalted road that leads to Sassofortino; we go through an under wood of cistus and lavender together with arbutus heather and huge cork trees. Going down to the dyke of the torrent Asina, we find the itinerary that comes from Roccatederighi, through "Poggio Colombo" we arrive in Montemassi.[1]


Montemassi


the castle of Montemassi

Montemassi

 

Simone Martini's famous fresco of Condottiere Guidoriccio da Fogliano panoramared across the whole of the end of the Sala di Mappomondo - the main hall of the Palazzo Pubblico. The otherwise historically obscure Sienese warlord immortalized by Martini is seen pictured in 1328 on his way to make a forceful point to the governor of the castle of Montemassi after putting down some local revolts around there.
The fresco of Guidoriccio da Fogliano, depicting the conquest of the castles of Montemassi and Sassoforte in 1328, formed part of a fresco cycle "Castelli" which occupied the upper part of the wall opposite to the Maestà in the Sala del Mappamondo. 

 

Simone Martini, Equestrian portrait of Guidoriccio da Fogliano, 1328-30, Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

   
   

 

Walking in Tuscany

Massa Marittima and the Metalliferous Hills


Trekking in and around Roccastrada

Sticciano - Roccastrada | 19 km, 5 hours

Roccastrada - Castello del Belagaio | 13,5 km, 4,5 hours

Castello del Belagaio - Torniella | 13 km, 4 hours

Torniella - Sassoforte - Roccatederighi | 20 km, 5 hours

Piloni - Sassoforte - Sassofortino - Roccatederighi | 16 km, 6 hours

Sassofortino - Montemassi | 13 km, 4,5 hours

Roccatederighi - Montemassi | 7 km, 2,5 hours



Hiking trails in the Val di Merse

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

 

Simone Martini, Equestrian portrait of Guidoriccio da Fogliano, (detail), 1328-30, Palazzo Pubblico, Siena

 

 
   


Trekking | Walking in Southern Tuscany

Walking in Tuscany | Nature reserves and beaches in the Maremma



Maps | Multigraphic – Tourist road map 1:50,000 - Maremma

 

 



[0] Da approfondire: Montemassi - Comune di Roccastrada |www.comune.roccastrada.gr.it
[1] Source: Breve Guida Trekking Roccastrada | www.comune.roccastrada.gr.it
[2] Foto da LigaDue, licenziato in base ai termini della licenza Creative Commons Attribuzione 3.0 Unported
  Chiesa di Sant'Andrea Apostolo a Montemassi
Chiesa di Sant'Andrea Apostolo a Montemassi


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