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Onyx and semi-precious stones

In the south area of the territory of Montaione, in particular in the area near Iano, there are veins of travertine and calcareous alabaster, that for its structure and colours - usually in tones of grey and white, or brown - is commonly defined inAlabaster-Onyx.
Alabaster-Onyx is a kind of chalcedony with typical white and black veins. In the Montaione's one, is a simple calcium carbonate exposed to crystallization and precipitation process, filling the vertical cracks of the travertine.

It's important not to confuse the Alabaster-Onyx of Montaione with the chalky one of Volterra, commonly called Alabastro, which is less precious.

Excavation of Onyx in Montaione, started in locality "California", the firsts years of the XX century, but it was made intensively in the 70's when there were 15 operators only in the mining process. In the same time it was diffused the production of ornamentals objects.

In the territory of Montaione, the mining process for onyx employed in 15 operators in 1951, 71 in 1971 and 21 in 1981 with an increase in the first period of twenty years higher than the average of the Valdelsa area. Later, the crisis of the trade in Onyx, caused by the high costs of mining process, reduced the number of operators.

The mining process was extended till the first half of 80's and today in Montaione there is only one artisan specialized in manufacturing of onyx and semi-precious stones like Agata and Malachite, producing decorative objects.

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Tuscany vaunts an ancient tradition in ceramics, in particular in the area of Montelupo Fiorentino near Florence, dated back to the X century.



Clay is the raw material to produce earthenware, and still today is possible to find it in abundance in the territory 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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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

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

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