Tucked among the rolling hills of the Tuscan Maremma, the charming village of Montemerano offers a fascinating perspective on the past. This ancient medieval town, with its maze of cobblestone streets, ancient buildings and unmistakable aroma of history, has earned a place on the list of "Italy's Most Beautiful Villages."
Signs of the past
Montemerano was founded in medieval times as a possession of the Aldobrandeschi family, still maintaining its original appearance. Situated on a hill between Saturnia and Manciano, it is protected by no less than three city walls and surrounded by the green Maremma countryside. Paved narrow streets and the characteristic Piazza del Castello, surrounded by stone buildings, are evidence of its long and fascinating history.
Piazza del Castello is the best-known corner of Montemerano. Surrounded by majestic historic buildings, the square seems almost like a mirage of time standing still. It is the central space of the village, where historic buildings and an archway leading to a steep path create an atmosphere of another time.
In one of the town's historic buildings, once home to a kindergarten, is an extraordinary Art History Library. It is a refuge for art lovers, who can get lost among nearly ten thousand thematic volumes there. An unexplored treasure that adds yet another element of fascination to this hamlet.
The Church of St. George: an artistic landmark
Could you imagine a medieval village without a majestic church? Certainly not. Here then, in the heart of the village, is the Church of St. George. This wonderful church, dedicated to the patron saint of the village, is famous for its frescoes and works of art. Inside, the famous "Madonna della Gattaiola" catches the eye. This work, created by an artist of the Sassetta school around 1450, has a hole at the bottom due to a curious legend.
Whether you are passionate about history, art, culture or food and wine, Montemerano has much to offer you. Immerse yourself in the beauty of this medieval village, with its quaint corners, enchanting atmosphere and views that sweep from the countryside to the Maremma hills rich in vineyards and olive groves. There is no doubt: your trip to the Tuscan Maremma will not be complete without a stop in Montemerano.
Village of Montemerano
The Municipality of Manciano
Province of Grosseto
Population: 487 montemeranesi
Altitude Center: 444 m s.l.m.
the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Unione Montani Colline del Fiora
Strada del Vino e dei Sapori Colli di Maremma
Protected natural areas:
Oasis of Vulci
Montauto Natural Reserve
Piazza Magenta 1 - Tel. +39 0564 62531
ON THE TRAIN
Medieval village in Etruscan land, Montemerano preserves from its characteristic plant shaped like a heart the imprint of human place par excellence where the contacts are spontaneous and immediate. The historic center is still today enclosed between three belt of walls, to the supreme a hill-garden inhabited by olive trees and cypresses. The village is small - not more than six hundred inhabitants, including those in the few houses that surround it from postwar period and in the surrounding farms - but deserves that you take some the time to get to know it. Starting from Piazza del Castello, enchanted scenery made of light and stone, jewel of spontaneous architecture, uninterrupted sequence of stone buildings with loggias with arches, terraces and flowered windows, roofs at different levels that create a play of lines and volumes of natural, extreme elegance. On the right of the square that looks like a postcard or a film set and that, on the contrary, is all authentic, stretches the "Palazzo", noble building surmounted by a quadrangular tower of the Cassero Senese. The village is inhabited, is not a museum: over the last thirty years has been completely restored, but it was not "made as good as new" according to the taste even too widespread - and often led - of "that good old time", like a script for an advertisement of jams and tarts. People live there and they live well, Montemeranesi of birth and "foreigners" that have chosen to stay here: they work during the day and in the evening they meet for the aperitif or for dinner, between a chat and a glass of Morellino, a dish of Tortelli with wild boar ragout and a tasty ciaffagnone with pecorino cheese and honey (for the recipe turn to the village ladies).
What would a trip to Tuscany be without a taste of its delicious cuisine? Montemerano offers guests an endless variety of restaurants and wine bars. Not to be missed is a taste of Trippa Montemeranese, a traditional recipe from the village. This dish stands out because the tripe is flavored with nutmeg, corn, cinnamon, cloves and fresh thyme, and is served plain with zolfini beans, or with tomato sauce.