Montaione is located on a hill 35 kilometres southwest of Florence and surrounded by vineyards, olive trees and woods. The historic centre and part of the fortified walls have maintained their ancient structure.
The place’s origins are shrouded in the mystery of a legend, but the first documents that mention Montaione date back to the thirteenth century.
Among the points of interest we can mention the church of San Regolo, which is home to the Madonna del Buonconsiglio by Guido da Graziano (late 13th century); many castles and museums like the Palazzo del Pretorio, which is home to the Civic Museum.
The church and convent of San Vivaldo, with works attributed to Giovanni della Robbia, Andrea Sansovino and other artists, is a complex of chapels and churches reproducing the topography of the holy places of Jerusalem. It was built in Italy during the Middle Ages in order to let the pilgrims visit Jerusalem virtually, since it was difficult to reach the Holy Land for most of them (and in fact it is called the Jerusalem of Tuscany).
Montaione is also famous for its glass-making; in fact, since the 13th century, bottles, flasks and cruets have been produced here. The village is also known for the white truffle festival held every year in October and for the fine wine produced in the surroundings. Read more here.