Monticiano

Monticiano

Close to the famous San Galgano Abbey and the Medieval Spa of Petriolo

Read the story of Monticiano on Monticiano Monticiano, between the Farma and Merse rivers Towns hidden within forests and riverfronts, in a land of biodiversityRead the story of
The first written evidence of the town goes back to 1171 when the feudal rule of the area fell to the bishop of Volterra. During the Medieval period the forests represented an incredibly important resource. Not only did they provide wood but also several important food stuffs such as wild game and chestnuts. A system of agriculture quickly grew up around Monticiano, the principal product cultivated being wheat.
Siena soon made it clear that it wanted to lay claim to the small town. After the defeat of Colle Val d’Elsa in 1269 the Sienese invaded and took over the town, which was guilty of having provided refuge for Ghibelline traitors. The Sienese destroyed the castle walls.

In the middle of the War Of Siena (1554 – 55), the Grand Duchy took over rule of the town and Monticiano fell under the power of Florence. Less than a century later Ferdinando II de’ Medici offered the town to Orso Pannoccieschi d’Elci. His family held feudal power over the town until 1749.
 
ROLE IN 20TH CENTURY
Last century, the town played an important role for the Resistance. The town was the base of the ‘Spartaco Lavagnini’ brigade, one of the first partisan organisations in Italy, and provided a backdrop for several battles. The night time battle between the partisans and the Germans between the 3rd and 4th of June 1944 which took place in the town’s central piazza is particularly remembered.
 
Around Monticiano
San Galgano Abbey and the Medieval Spa of Petriolo are both just a short distance from Monticiano. In the town itself is the impressive Sant’Agostino Church.
  
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