Montaione

The town of Montaione is in the province of Florence, but it is at an equal distance from all the most important cities in Tuscany.


MontaioneThe town of Montaione is in the province of Florence, but it is at an equal distance from all the most important cities in Tuscany. It is sete at 342 m. of altitude and it has a population of 3,400 inhabitants.

Sightseeing in Montaione
The urbanistic planning of the old town is simple, based on three parallel streets: here the Praetorian Palace (14th century) is prominent: on the façade there is a number of old municipal stone and glazed terracotta coats of arms. Inside are located the Civic Museum and the Historical Archive.
Important is the church of San Regolo once dedicated to San Bartolommeo , dates back to the 13th century and contains a valuable painting (Madonna with Child, 13th century) attributed to a follower of Cimabue.
In the territory of the municipality of Montaione there are places of historical and artistic interest.
On the road to Gambassi, 1 km far from the town, you find Villa Da Filicaja. It stand on the site of the roman Figline and it was presented to the poet Vincenzo da Filicaja (17th century) by the Medici family along with a great deal of land and house in the town.
Not far away, at 2 Km from Montaione is the Roman Cistern. It goes back to the 2nd century b.C. and it is 27 meters long and 3 wide, divided into three rectangular sections and contained 400 cubic meters of water coming from the springs of Poggio all'Aglione.
MontaioneOne of the most important monument of Montaione is in San Vivaldo near the monastery and called the Holy Mount or Jerusalem of Tuscany, a series of chapel and little temples, created by Father Tommaso of Florence and which represent the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.
The district of Iano, famous for its onyx quarries and for the working of precious stones, is found 4 Km from San Vivaldo along the Via Volterrana in the valley beneath the ruins of the medieval castles of Pietrina and Vignale.
The village and stronghold of Castelfalfi, on a spur of a steep hill, were founded around 700 by the long bard Faolfi (hence the name 'Castrum Faolfi' which later became Castelfalfi ).

Hiking path in Montaione
Montaione has a network of hiking paths (some of which can also be covered on a mountain bike) which run throughout the territory of the Municipality.
The paths are organised along 6 itineraries, mostly ring shaped, and have been studied so as to allow the visitor to discover most of the territory, enjoying the areas, the forests and the slopes which, until a few years ago, were known only to hunters and mushroom gatherers. They follow the tracks of the ancient farm roads, of paths once used by wood cutters and shepherds. There are two good reasons to keep this network in good shape: first, to preserve the historical memory of place names, and second, in order to be able to reach the deepest forest areas quickly to reduce damage due to summer fires. The paths are of different length, and with many degrees of difficulty.
They are marked by progressive numbers, which are written on metal signs all along the route, together with other white and red painted markings. At the beginning and end of each ring, there are metal signboards showing the features of the path: how it can be covered (on foot, on mountain-bike), where it starts and where it ends, the distance in Km, the total altitude difference in metres, and the time it takes for an ordinary walker.
The paths also cover different kinds of areas. Some go deep into the forests, some along the rivers at the bottom of the valley, others along the crest of the hills providing limitless scenery. It is important to stress that the paths often go through private property, or near places providing accommodation. Walkers are therefore invited to respect the privacy of the guests and owners, behaving civilly.
The paths are shown on a 1:25,000 scale map (Itinerari nel Verde) and described in detail in a chapter of the guide "Montaione - Il Paese del Turismo Verde" (Edizioni Tosca s.r.l. - Fi- -1996). These publications are on sale in Montaione at paper shops and tobacconists, and in some specialised bookshops in Florence.
Following is a short description of the paths. Those who are interested would do well to call the Economic Development Office of the Municipality to ask about their state. The number is 0571/699254.


Montaione: discover the surroundings

  • Monastery of San Vivaldo Monastery of San Vivaldo
    The monastery of San Vivaldo is certainly bound up with a succession of the Franciscan's Office leaving here a notable trace.
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  • Castelfiorentino Castelfiorentino (7 km)
    Castelfiorentino is situated in an optimous position on the Chianti hills, in the heart of Tuscany.
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  • Certaldo Certaldo (10 km)
    Certaldo is divided between its medieval walled town on a hill and the modern residential and industrial suburb spread out below.
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  • Palaia Palaia (13 km)
    Palaia is an agricultural zone situated on one of the highest ridges that divides the valley of Arno from the Valdera.
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  • San Gimignano San Gimignano (14 km)
    San Gimignano rises on a hill (334m high) dominating the Elsa Valley with its towers.
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  • San Miniato San Miniato (15 km)
    San Miniato is located along the Via Francigena that connected northern Europe to Rome during the Middle Ages and it was travelled by an uninterrupted flow of men, armies, trade, ideas and culture.
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  • Valdera Valdera (16 km)
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  • Peccioli Peccioli (16 km)
    In the town of Peccioli, founded in the Middle age, you can visit the Beyond preserving its medieval structure, Peccioli includes a territory rich in rural landscapes and ancient small villages.
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  • Montespertoli Montespertoli (17 km)
    Montespertoli in ancient times, the Etruscans inhabited these lands, but Latin place names are mostly reminiscent of the numerous Roman settlements that flourished here.
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  • Volterra Volterra (17 km)
    Volterra is one of the finest and lesser known hilltop towns tucked away in the heart of Tuscany.
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  • Barberino Val D'elsa Barberino Val D'elsa (21 km)
    A winding hilly road, once the ancient Via Cassia and now State road n° 2, leads up to the town of Barberino Val d’Elsa, situated high up above the valley.
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  • Poggibonsi Poggibonsi (21 km)
    Poggibonsi rises nearby the confluence of the Staggia torrent in the Elsa river, along the valley dividing the region of the Chianti by the Colline Metallifere.
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  • Staggia castle Staggia castle (21 km)
    The walls of Staggia castle in Poggibonsi join the castle on the northern side and are today almost intact, with the exception of two short interruptions.
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  • Fucecchio marshes Fucecchio marshes (21 km)
    The Fucecchio Marshes cover an area of about 1,800 hectares, divided between the Provinces of Pistoia and Florence.
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  • Fucecchio Fucecchio (21 km)
    The Salamartano hill in Fucecchio offers a beautiful view of the Valdarno Inferiore from the plain with many villages to the hills of Le Cerbaie, until Serra mountain and the Apuan Alps.
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  • Montelupo Fiorentino Montelupo Fiorentino (22 km)
    Montelupo Fiorentino, as the name suggests, is situated just a few kilometres from Florence itself.
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Accommodations in the area


    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 9 km from Montaione

    Agriturismo Cesani

    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.
    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 14 km from Montaione

    B&B la Fornace di Racciano

    La Fornace di Racciano is a lovely Bed&Breakfast a short distance from the historical centre of medieval San Gimignano. It consists of a typical Tuscan country house surrounded by a large flowery garden.
    La Fornace di Racciano consists of seven comfortable rooms and four apartments, two of which are located in the ancient hamlet of Racciano.

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 15 km from Montaione

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto

    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto located in the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.
    Provides comfortable accommodation in 6 double bedrooms and two Suites

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    • San Gimignano (Siena)
    • 15 km from Montaione

    Agriturismo la Lucciolaia

    In the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, Agriturismo La Lucciolaia is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized art towns.
    This ancient farmhouse has been recently renovated and divided into eleven double rooms and two Suites, where the magic atmosphere of past times is perfectly blended with modern comforts.

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    • Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)
    • 20 km from Montaione

    La Pieve

    La Pieve, charming farmhouse located on the hills of Val d'Elsa, between Volterra and San Gimignano, along the Via Francigena, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, with its luxuriant nature and rich history.
    Framed by olive trees and a wood, it fosters a direct dialogue with nature in complete relaxation where they contemplate and enjoy the stillness in private and unique spaces.

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    • Colle Val D'Elsa (Siena)
    • 23 km from Montaione

    Relais della Rovere

    The Relais Della Rovere is a charming hotel created from the conversion of an ancient Benedictine abbey and a papal villa of the Renaissance period.
    Set in Colle Val d'Elsa, in the heart of the Chianti area, it is strategically located among Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Volterra.

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    • Fucecchio (Florence)
    • 27 km from Montaione

    Relais Hotel Vedute

    Relais Hotel Vedute Florence surrounded by green countryside is located in a strategic position near Florence, Lucca, Pistoia, Pisa and Siena
    Our Wellness Center & Ayurvedic Thai Aquamor invites you to know Ayurvedic and Thai experience in Fucecchio Florence

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    • Firenze (Florence)
    • 32 km from Montaione

    Marignolle relais & charme

    The charming Marignolle Relais & Charme, nestled the hills of Florence, is the ideal solution for those who want a place of excellence and relaxation and love peace and privacy without the amenities of a luxury hotel.
    Marignolle Relais & Charme is especially appreciated by travelers looking for style and tradition by offering deluxe rooms or junior suites in a refined, with superior comforts and impeccable services that make this relais an excellence of Florence.

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    • Siena (Siena)
    • 40 km from Montaione

    Agriturismo Marciano

    Agriturimo Marciano : an exlusive opportunity, two holidays at the place of only one. stay in the country and life downtown. Marciano is located near the walls of the Middle Age town of Siena.
    Five confortable double rooms and a suite with a beautiful sight on the Siena Duomo

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    • Lucca (Lucca)
    • 49 km from Montaione

    Villa Degli Aranci Lucca

    Historic villa 14 km from the center of Lucca immersed in the green of the Tuscan vineyards and olive groves, it has a private swimming pool and a large park.
    Set on 350 square meters in a dominant position offers a unique view of the hills of Tuscany.

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