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History of Montaione

In the territory of Montaione the imprint of Etruscan and Roman heritage is confirmed by the archaeological findings of necropolis and furnaces near Poggio all'Aglione, Bellafonte, Iano and Castelfalfi - the first news about Montaione are found in a document of 981 where it is quoted as "Montacunni".

Since the area was under the jurisdiction of the Longobardic Allone, Lord of Lucca, the name was corrected in "Mons Allonis" and then in Montaione.

After the barbarian invasions new settlements were built around the old ruins, especially in the places that offered more security, such as Paterno, Marrante, Sala and later in the Montaione Castle, with its many towers surrounded by solid walls.

In a document of 1118, the ancient Pieve di San Regolo is mentioned, referring to a small church outside the walls of Montaione, to which it occurred the one located in the historical center, probably dating back to a period between the XIII and the XIV century.

District from 1257, Montaione was involved in the wars between San Gimignano, Volterra and San Miniato, and it gravitated predominantly in the orbit of Florence to which it subdued in 1369.

Since 1220, the craftsmen in Montaione practiced the art of glass-making, which was later spread throughout Valdelsa. In the eighteenth century a ban of the Grand Duke of Tuscany ordered Montaione's glassmasters to "teach art" only to its fellow citizens.

In 1880, at the time of its greatest expansion, the municipality of Montaione extended to an area of  approximately 187 sq km and a population of over 9000 inhabitants.

Like the other villages in the Tuscan countryside, for many years Montaione remained protected within the circle of its walls; only after World War II, which had sown misery and destruction, its urban layout was rebuilt and modified.

The territory of the municipality of Montaione maintained for centuries a purely rural economy and, despite the industrialization of the valley which took away much labour from the countryside, the economy of Montaione has undergone a new positive impetus from  tourism in recent decades.

History and traditions of montaione

 

Located in a natural and scenic environment of undeniable beauty where time seems to have stopped, explore the 8 locations of the territory of Montaione and discover the history and traditions with the certainty of always finding something unique and special.

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Highlights

In Montaione there are so many things to do, to see and to visit that choosing can be really difficult.

Here are some tips for a holiday, where you won't be missing out on anything!

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Vespa tour

Would you like to ride among the enchanting landscapes of the Tuscan countryside with the sun in your face, the wind in your hair, and feeling the charm and the emotions of the italian "Dolce Vita"? So you don't have to miss a Vespa Tour!

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Quad tours

If you are looking for adventure, a quad tour in the Montaione's countryside might be just the thing. An extraordinary experience to live for a full day or just for a few hours.

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Bike rental and Mtb guided tour

IBikeMontaione and its staff are at your disposal for bicycle rentals and for guided mountain biking tours (with or without tasting of typical products and lasting a few hours to full days) to discover the most impressive locations of this beautiful area.

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Ceramic painting classes

A ceramic painting class is the perfect opportunity to learn about the art of ceramics decoration and painting techniques, all in a magical and relaxing atmosphere.

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Wine tasting in farms

In an area that boasts an ancient wine-making tradition, whose wines are well known for their quality, you can not miss a visit in one of the many cellars and wineries tasting their products!

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Cooking classes

Would you like to learn how to cook some good Tuscan dishes like the ones you ate during your stay? Take part in a cooking course where our chefs will teach you the best secrets of their recipes!

How to get to Montaione

Located in the center of the triangle between Florence, Siena and Pisa, Montaione is in a perfect location from which to explore Tuscany every day.

Car, train or plane. Whatever means you want to travel with, you will discover how easy it is to reach Montaione!

Images of Montaione

Take a look at our photo gallery and immerse yourself in the enchanting landscape of Montaione. We are sure we will make you fall in love with your next vacation spot.

Brochure of Montaione

Are you looking for inspiration for your holidays in Montaione? Browse our brochure, find out all the details and look at the most beautiful and significant images whenever you want*

Map of Montaione

On the map of Montaione and its territory you can easily find out all the services and have always at your fingertips the most important information to make you feel comfortable as a real Montaionese.*

*We don’t send advertising material. The brochure is available at the Tourist Office of Montaione, while the map can be found at the best accommodations in Montaione.

 

Tourist Office

Via Cresci, 17/19 - 50050 MONTAIONE (Florence)
+39 (0)571 699 255

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Separated waste collection

Enjoying your holiday and at the same time contributing to respect and protection of the environment?

In Montaione it is possible!

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