Points of interest

Some tips on what to see…

Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta:

The church rises in an amazing position over a previous place of worship. In 1846 the building was severely damaged by an earthquake, so it was rebuilt around 1850. The church has a Latin cross plan and inside you can find a Venetian school caverns of San Francesco di Paola.

Badia di Santa Maria di Montescudaio:

In ancient times it was a female Benedictine monastery whose traces had been lost however, thanks to archaeological excavations that took place between 2005 and 2010, it was unearthed.

La Guardiola:

The only intact watchtower that has remained, today still situated in the old castle walls, where you can admire the wonderful view that ranges from the hills, to the plains up to the sea.

Montescudaio

 

Montescudaio is a small medieval village in Val di Cecina: : it was born in the year 1000 and it grew around a Benedictine monastery ruled, for a long time, by the Della Gherardesca family. I. Its name comes from the latin Mons Scutorum and means mounts of shields, for the military and strategic relevancy maintained over the centuries. The municipality is part of the Borghi più belli d’Italia, an association of Italy’s most beautiful villages. What is interesting besides its beauty and architecture, is certainly its position and the amazing view of the coast and the sea, where, during sunny days, you are able to see the islands of Gorgona and Capraia. Nearby there are many routes you can do on foot, by bike or on horseback, while searching not only the gastronomic specialities of the area, but also art and nature. Some examples of this are: Bosco degli Scornabecchi, a natural oasis along Via dei Pellegrini and the Steccaia path, where a great work of hydraulic engineering was built in the Gran Ducal era. IIn Montescudaio there are also two exhibition spaces dedicated to art: the first one is the “Museo di arte sacramuseum of sacred art situated in the rectory of the church Santa Maria Assunta, the other is Museo Spazio Minerva,”contemporary art gallery located in via della Madonna.

Montescudaio

 

Montescudaio is a small medieval village in Val di Cecina: it was born in the year 1000 and it grew around a Benedictine monastery ruled, for a long time, by the Della Gherardesca family. IIts name comes from the latin Mons Scutorum and means mounts of shields, for the military and strategic relevancy maintained over the centuries. The municipality is part of the Borghi più belli d’Italia, an association of Italy’s most beautiful villages. What is interesting besides its beauty and architecture, is certainly its position and the amazing view of the coast and the sea, where, during sunny days, you are able to see the islands of Gorgona and Capraia. Nearby there are many routes you can do on foot, by bike or on horseback, while searching not only the gastronomic specialities of the area, but also art and nature. Some examples of this are: Bosco degli Scornabecchi, a natural oasis along Via dei Pellegrini and the Steccaia path, where a great work of hydraulic engineering was built in the Gran Ducal era. In Montescudaio there are also two exhibition spaces dedicated to art: the first one is the “Museo di arte sacramuseum of sacred art situated in the rectory of the church Santa Maria Assunta, the other is Museo Spazio Minerva,”contemporary art gallery located in via della Madonna.

The Municipality of Montescudaio was one of the founders of the Associazione Nazionale Città del Vino, a national association dedicated to the development of the relationship between wine and land. The village, in addition to offering a unique cuisine, is also renowned for the fine wines of the Montescudaio Doc. Moreover, it is also part of the national association of Città dell’Olio and Città del pane, respectively dedicated to the protection, promotion and production of oil and bread. A typical good that travellers must try is the bread of Montescudaio, with no salt and perfect for any meal, especially vegetable soups. One of the most anticipated events throughout the year is certainly the Festa del vino, the wine festival that happens every year since 1967 on the first weekend of October. During this two days it is possible to take part in wine tastings of the Montescudaio DOC consortium, tasting local or street food dishes: restaurants all over the streets of the village and in the Piazzale del Castello are also open for both lunch and dinner.

The Municipality of Montescudaio was one of the founders of the Associazione Nazionale Città del Vino, a national association dedicated to the development of the relationship between wine and land. The village, in addition to offering a unique cuisine, is also renowned for the fine wines of the Montescudaio Doc. Moreover, it is also part of the national association of Città dell’Olio and Città del pane, respectively dedicated to the protection, promotion and production of oil and bread. A typical good that travellers must try is the bread of Montescudaio, with no salt and perfect for any meal, especially vegetable soups. One of the most anticipated events throughout the year is certainly the Festa del vino, the wine festival that happens every year since 1967 on the first weekend of October. During this two days it is possible to take part in wine tastings of the Montescudaio DOC consortium, tasting local or street food dishes: restaurants all over the streets of the village and in the Piazzale del Castello are also open for both lunch and dinner.