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Places of worship

San Vivaldo’s Jerusalem

Montaione: a destination for pilgrims

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This complex was founded at the beginning of the XVI century and it is made up of 18 tiny chapels, which host scenes representing the Life and Passion of Christ in poly-chrome terracotta. Together, these scenes reproduce the city of Jerusalem’s topography. Since its foundation, this complex became a meta for pilgrimages and was considered substitutive to those in the Holy Land, where followers could earn themselves indulgence under Pope Leone X. In the convent’s ex-hayloft, visitors can enjoy a permanent exhibition regarding the history of the area and appreciate images linked to the holy mountain of San Vivaldo.

Contact (ITA): comune.montaione.fi.it
A centuries-old town perfect for nature-loving tourists, home to “Tuscany’s Jerusalem” in its countryside
Montaione took its name after the Allone di Lucca, and was documented in the Middle Ages as Mons Allonis. In the 1200s Montaione became known for glass working, which spread throughout the Valdelsa. In 1257 the town was struck by the wars between San Gimignano, Volterra and San Miniato, but mostly gravitated around Florence. ...