Hop on a hired mountain bike and prepare to pedal your way from one sight to another! Work your way outward from the center to where Monteverdi Marittimo all began: the Abbey of San Pietro, a Benedictine monastery in Palazzuolo, and one of the standout monuments of the Cecina Valley. It’s easy to reach by bike or by hike on a 12km trail that takes you directly there from central Monteverdi Marittimo.
Founded in 754, the abbey was originally erected on the site of a Roman villa and a temple dedicated to Bellona, the Roman goddess of war.
In 1179, it was moved to its present-day location of Poggio Badia, in 1298 it became part of the Vallombrosa order and in 1561 it was forsaken when the monks were forced to move to Monteverdi castle.
Now in ruins, the interior featured one large nave that ended in a single apse. The facade and roof have long since fallen into a state of abandonment, but parts of the left flank and transept can still be seen today.
Note: if you’re not quite up for a biking or hiking adventure, Palazzolo is a 10-minute drive southeast of Monteverdi Marittimo’s center.