The village of Montecarlo stands on the hill of Cerruglio, that dominates the surrounding plains, on horseback between Lucca and the Valdinievole.
 
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Montecarlo

The ancient village of Vivinaia
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Village of Montecarlo
The Municipality of Montecarlo
Province of Lucca
Tuscany Region

inhabitants: 4.428
Altitude center: 162 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of:
 
Città del vino
Strada del vino e dell'olio Lucca Montecarlo Versilia

Municipality of Montecarlo
Via Roma 56 - Montecarlo (LU)
Tel. +39 0583 22971

The village of Montecarlo stands on the hill of Cerruglio, that dominates the surrounding plains, on horseback between Lucca and the Valdinievole. It produces an oil of high quality wines in the PDO: the Montecarlo bianco and rosso di Montecarlo.

The original nucleus of Monaco was the village of Vivinaia, ancient property of the Dukes of Tuscia, who stood at the foot of the hill. In 1331 the town was devastated by the Florentines and the authorities lucchesi decided to reestablish the village on the top of the hill of the Cerruglio, where once stood the homonymous fortress. In 1333 the new village took the name of Monte Carlo in honor of the future Emperor Charles IV of Luxembourg, which had helped in Lucca to get rid of the Pisan occupation.

The fortress of Cerruglio played a strategic role in the wars of the XIV century between Lucca, Pisa and Florence and was from the fortress which Castruccio Castracani, lord of Lucca, directed his troops by bringing them to victory in the battle of Altopascio of 1325. The fortress was enlarged first by Paolo Guinigi, Lord of Lucca, and subsequently by the Florentines, especially from the grand-ducal government that, since 1437, had definitively Montecarlo under its control.

Monaco is also the birth place of Armando De Dominicis, pioneer of Italian aviation, to which the municipality in the year 2002 has dedicated the park of San Salvatore, by placing thereon a plaque to his name.

In addition to the visit of the Fortress of the Cerruglio, it is also advised that the Pieve di San Piero in Campo, in the hamlet of the same name.

Other destinations nearby

Altopascio
Altopascio
The village of Altopascio rises along Via Francigena, in Tuscany.
Lucca - 3.92 KM from Montecarlo
Collodi
Collodi
The medieval village, documented since the XII century, of Collodi is tied to the name of Carlo Lorenzini, author of Pinocchio.
Pistoia - 5.86 KM from Montecarlo
Vinci
Vinci
Vinci, Leonardo's birthplace, is located on the slopes of Montalbano, near Florence.
Firenze - 21.83 KM from Montecarlo
Coreglia Antelminelli
Coreglia Antelminelli
The true excellence of the village of Coreglia Antelminelli lies in the art of plaster figurines.
Lucca - 26.47 KM from Montecarlo
Cutigliano
Cutigliano
A picturesque village in the Pistoia Apennines, Cutigliano is one of the most visited villages on the mountain.
Pistoia - 28.66 KM from Montecarlo
Barga
Barga
Barga is Giovanni Pascoli's adoptive land.
Lucca - 28.88 KM from Montecarlo

NOTE: distances are set as the crow flies.

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