Five minutes by car from Manciano, in the direction of Saturnia, Montemerano is one of the most characteristic villages of the municipal area and an unmissable stop!
Ranked among the most beautiful villages in Italy, Montemerano is a true treasure trove of medieval history and art, a small center to be discovered, from its oldest houses to historic buildings, passing through excellent restaurants, events and traditions.
In Montemerano everything tells ancient history, walking through the streets of the historic center will be a unique experience, like living a journey into the past, discovering ancient legends and reliving past centuries.
The history of the village begins in medieval times, it was built in 1200 by the Aldobrandeschi family who already ruled the Castle of Manciano, it was built in a strategic position, on top of a hill from which to sweep the view over a breathtaking view over the Maremma countryside. Starting from 1300 the government of Montemerano passed to the Baschi family, to then pass to the power of Orvieto, then becoming part of the Republic of Siena and finally, of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.
Montemerano is a real gem of medieval art, not only its most important monuments but also the oldest houses tell centuries of history and walking through its narrow alleys will be an unmissable opportunity!
What to see in Montemerano:
- CHURCH OF SAN GIORGIO: dedicated to the Patron Saint of Montemerano, San Giorgio precisely, the church was built in 1300 by order of the Basque counts, the current appearance is the result of some alterations that took place in the following centuries, but still today the church is truly beautiful . Inside you can admire a 15th century painting depicting the Madonna Enthroned with Child and Saints, and the more famous Madonna della Gattaiola, dating back to the second half of the 1400s.
- CINTA MURARIA : erected in 1100 by the Aldobrandeschi family, the walls of Montemerano were then restructured under the Republic of Siena, with the annexation of the Cassero and, in the Renaissance period, the walkways were also added, the ancient access gates still remain today, Porta di San Giorgio, Porta Romana and Porta Grossetana.
- PIAZZA DEL CASTELLO: characteristic square in the center of Montemerano, it is the most representative element of the village and one of the most popular places for tourists
In Montemerano two interesting events take place every year, the Feast of San Giorgio, dedicated to the patron saint of Montemerano, during which medieval processions, games and the traditional Dragon Joust are organized, then do not miss the Festa delle Streghe, on the night of October 31st, in the medieval alleys, all together to celebrate Halloween night with music, witches and typical products!