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Montefollonico [1]

Toacana ] Galleria di immagini  
Montefollonico, Torrita di Siena

Montefollonico, a fortified village in Tuscany, lies on a hill in a strategic position between the Val di Chiana and the Val d'Orcia.
Montefollonico is certified with the Orange Flag, the Touring Club Italiano quality seal.

Places of interest

The village is home to the Church S. Leonardo (1216), the Oratory of Santa Caterina d'Alessandria, the ex-Palazzo della Giustizia and some cylindrical towers and tower of Cassero (1277). A brief circular walk brings you through lush farmlands and vino nobile vineyards, to the beautiful ruins of the Monastery of Santa Maria (1170) and the hiddden secret of Montefollonico, the unique garden of Il Tondo.
Bar Sport on Via Pianelli is a good spot for a coffee or a refreshing drink. Here the locals watch tourists passing by. In front of Bar Sport you can enter the historical mediaeval center of Montefollonica through Porta del Pianello. A lunch in one of the exellent restaurants in Montefollonico is recommended (see the list below).

Specialità alimentari

The specialty of Montefollonico is the Grande Vecchio di Montefollonico, a slightly spicy pasteurized ewes' milk cheese with a maturation period of about a year. The locally served pasta in a hollowed out wheel of pecorino is an attraction itself.


Mappa Montefollonico | Ingrandire mappa


The name

Montefollonico was likely named after Roman clothes washers. A fullo was a Roman fuller or laundry worker (plural: fullones), known from many inscriptions from Italy and the western half of the Roman Empire and references in Latin literature. Roman cloth-launderers used either a chemical called sulphur or urine to get things clean.

'The ancients were not acquainted with soap, but they used in its stead different kinds of alkali, by which the dirt was more easily separated from the clothes. Of these, by far the most common was the urine of men and animals, which was mixed with the water in which the clothes were washed (Plin. H. N. XXVIII 18. 26; Athen. XI p484).[2]


Restaurants in Montefollonico

Ristorante dei 13 Gobb
Via Lando di Duccio, 5, 53040 Montefollonico

Osteria La Botte Piena
Piazza Dionisa Cinughi, 12, 53040 Montefollonico |

Relais La Costa
Via Coppoli, N. 11 al N. | Centro Historico, Montefollonico |

Ristorante La Chiusa di Dania Masotti
Via della Madonnina, 88 - 53040 Montefollonico (SI)

Al Botteghino
Localita' Osteria Delle Noci 25, 53049 Montefollonico



Walking in Tuscany | The best hiking trails in the Val di Chiana

Walking from Montepulciano to Montefollonico, the Ruins of Santa Maria and Il Tondo | 17 km | gpx

Circular walk Montefollonico | 6 km | gpx

Walking in Tuscany | A walk through Montepulciano

Galleria fotografica Ruderi del monastero di Santa Maria



Monastero Santa Maria archi   Monastero Santa Maria interno   Monastero Santa Maria pilastro
Ruderi del monastero di Santa Maria (Montefollonico, Torrita di Siena)  

Ruderi del monastero di Santa Maria, Montefollonico. Particolare del portale che si apre sul muro perimetrale (visto dall'interno).


   Particolare della cornice di uno dei pilastri quadrilateri delle archeggiature di valico.
Monastero Santa Maria sud-est   Monastero Santa Maria torre   Parco Il Tondo Montefollonico
 Ruderi del monastero di Santa Maria, Montefollonico. Vista da sud-est   Basamento della torre campanaria  

Parco Il Tondo

Mappa Google del monastero di Santa Maria, Montefollonico


Holiday accomodation in Tuscany

Holiday accomodation in Tuscany | Podere Santa Pia

Colline sotto Podere Santa Pia

Podere Santa Pia

Colline sotto Podere Santa Pia



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Set on top of a hill between Valdichiana and Val d'Orcia, Montefollonico is a typical isolated Medieval hamlet. 
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[1] Foto di LigaDue, licenziato in base ai termini della licenza Creative Commons Attribuzione-Condividi allo stesso modo 4.0 Internazionale
[2] Source: William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D., A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.