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The art of Glass-making

The tradition of glassmaking in Tuscany dates back to the medieval period. In the territory of Montaione, a document dating back to 1279, attests the presence of furnaces for the manufacture of glasses and glassware.

Other historical sources show that in the year 1337 the town of San Miniato granted the men of Montaione the possibility of opening furnaces for working glass throughout the district of San Miniato, which at that time included, in addition to Montaione and San Miniato, also Santo Stefano, Tonda, Barbialla, Corazzano, Collegalli, and other neighboring localities.

This confirms that between 1200 and 1300 the art of glass in Montaione was spreading thanks to the possibility of obtaining large quantities of wood for the furnaces in the nearby forests, particularly near the Selva of Camporena.

In the following centuries Montaione glassmasters continued to expand their business throughout Valdelsa, to Empoli, where glass-making factories also play an important role in the local economy today.

Although it was a largely a tools production (glasses, mugs, bottles and flasks), the appreciation expressed many times by men of culture regarding the quality and beauty of vitreous objects produced in Montaione, mean that craftsmen gained great respect. In fact, their professionalism was also officially recognized by various announcements during the eighteenth century by the Grand Duke of Tuscany by whom Montaione glassmasters were explicitly protected.

In 1738 an announcement of the Grand Duke of Tuscany prohibited the glass masters of Montaione from working outside of Tuscany. In spite of the ban, many glassmasters went to north of Italy and probably to Murano.

In 1754, some furnaces, where bottles and flasks were produced, were located right inside the walls of the village of Montaione, probably near Via Chiarenti, which today corresponds to a street in the historic center.

Today, in Montaione, glassmaking has been supplanted by other economic activities; that's why some of the old factories and glass furnaces have been transformed into farm houses and holiday houses. However, it is still a memory of a rich and flourishing past that once again confirms the ingenuity and workmanship of the Montaionese people, which one can easily sense walking through the streets of the old town of this ancient Tuscan hamlet.

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

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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.*

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Tourist Office

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

The tourist office is temporarily closed. Will open on April 1st.

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