The village of Montisi

Montisi is a charming village that can be easily visited by the whole family during an itinerary between the Valdichiana, the Crete Senesi and the Val d'orcia. Off the busiest roads, but in the middle of a beautiful Tuscan panorama, with a small but cohesive community that organizes events, it passes its customs and welcomes visitors with respect. The name of the village, according to tradition, was often defined as Monte Ghisi or Monte who; It derives from the contraction of "Monte" and "ISIS", because in the present place where the Pieve di Santo Stefano a Cennano, there was a large Etruscan temple dedicated to the goddess Isis. The village of Montisi still has the characteristic medieval streets and is divided into a contrade. Originally it was a castle of the Counts of the Scialenga of Asciano, under the sovereignty of the municipality of Siena; In the 13th century it was inherited from the hospital of S. Maria della Scala, which made you build the Grange, a fortified farm with wineries, cisterns and Crushers, dominated by a tower similar to that of the public Palace of Siena. Currently the tower is reduced in rubble, blown up by the German troops in retreat at the end of the Second World War, but the Grange is still visitable and constitutes one of the most important monuments of Montisi, since it also houses a small theatre Dating back to the 19th century. For nature lovers, in Montisi you can observe beautiful landscapes of the Crete Senesi and Val d'orcia, with the possibility of walking, cycling and trekking between the woods and the villages nearby. For lovers of food and wine, in Montisi you can taste the Brunello di Montalcino, in combination with the Chianina meat and white and black truffles, in addition to the excellent extra virgin olive oil that is produced among the sweet surrounding hills. Just the oil Novo is at the center of one of the most important events of the village, that is the festival that at the end of October celebrates the collection of olives, with stalls selling local handicraft products and the precious bottles of oil EVO. Among the events worthy of note, moreover, the "Giostra di Simone", folklore event dedicated to the patron Madonna of the snow; It is held in early August and sees the four contrade competing to win the Palio through the reenactment of a medieval joust.    

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