Traipsing Through Tuscany- Montisi
The hill town, Montisi, population 500, is an ancient Etruscan necropolis. As small as it may seem, the village is divided into four communities, each represented with their own flag. The Castello is the area of the medieval castle. The Piazza, is the flat area located near the castle. San Martino is in the northeastern part of the village and the Torre, takes the name of the Tower of the Grange of Santa Maria della Scalla (a farming estate owned by a monastery), which was destroyed by retreating German troops in 1944.
Walking up the small hill to the restored tower, currently, the Grange is a private home built around two main courtyards, with a small theatre used for shows and concerts. It was here that a clay hand-made map was posted on the wall to point the way around the narrow streets in a circular fashion to locate all the sites on the hill. It reminded me of a scavenger hunt map! See the chunks of terra cotta on the wall? Following the terra cotta signs, the lane reminded me of the Stations of the Cross along a beautiful garden walk!
Returning to the lower ground of the village there is now a frescoed wall playground, the ruins of castle walls, and beautiful flowers, doors and windows. We spent a lovely afternoon in Montisi!
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It’s intriguing to see somebody else do Tuscany for a change. 🙂 I have so many photos from there that I stopped using the tag Toscana. Some of your photos look almost identical to mine (especially the one with the caption Streets of Montisi), even though I have not been to these parts yet. (Even Siena is still waiting for me.) It’s true that Etruscan towns look very very similar.
Thanks for looking at so many of my posts Manja! Yes I love Italy!
You are very welcome. 🙂