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.