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Montecatini Val di Cecina

The town of Montecatini Val di Cecina is in the province of Pisa in its homonym valley.

Montecatini val di Cecina

The town of Montecatini Val di Cecina is in the province of Pisa in its homonym valley. It is set at 416 m. of altitude with a population of about 2000 inhabitants and keeps numerous architectural structures dating to the medieval period.


In effect, it is possible to visit the "Piazza del castello" in Montecatini Val di Cecina. The church of San Biagio, raised in 1356, and the XIV-century Palazzo Pretorio, having a porch with arches and vaults set on columns in Ionic style, are set here. Moreover, the Tower Belforti, built shortly after the year 1000, overlooks the square. In the nearby Sassa, the stone that keeps "Christ's footsteps" can be observed. According to the legend, Christ appeared to Peter who had looked for a refuge in those places to avoid Roman persecutions.

Cisterna e Palazzo Pretorio - Montecatini val di Cecina

The presence of the Romans was testified by the some finds on one of the hills along the road from Montecatini to Volterra. This places was re-named "Camporomano" where many findings showing the rising of a big military camp were unearthed. On the basis o the objects that have been discovered, this hypothesis is very realistic. In effect, the Romans could have chosen this area either during a campaign against Volterra, one of the most powerful Etruscan cities, or for the abundance of minerals on the hill.


The castle of Montecatini was built around the half of the X century with the name of "Castrum Montis Leonis" as established by the Belforti, direct feudatories of the German emperor Otto I who followed him and had come from the North to settle those places. Yet, the first document about the presence of the castle dates to 1099. Thanks to this document, a bull issued by Pietro, the Bishop of Volterra, we learn that at that time the castle was within the jurisdiction of Volterra's Episcopal curia.

Miemo - Montecatini val di Cecina

After entering the "comunitas" of Gabbreto in the XIV century, Montecatini became one of Volterra's direct properties in 1351. Its geographical distance from Pisa caused the territory to be marginally interested by the battles that had involved many towns of the Pisan territory against Florence since the beginning of the XV century. In effect, only in 1472 the Florentines conquered the town when most of the modern province of Pisa had been under their dominion for more than half a century.


Another characteristic that distinguishes Montecatini from the majority of the Tuscan towns was that it had to wait for the Kingdom of Italy to experience a real phase of economic and demographic growth. In effect, in the majority of cases many centres benefited from the reforms carried out by the Lorraine grand dukes in the XVIII century. In Montecatini, instead, the development of mining activities increased the turnover of the village. Unfortunately, the closing down of copper mines at the beginning of the XX century inexorably inverted this positive tendency.



Accommodations in the area

  • Agriturismo Cesani Farmhouse San Gimignano Siena Agriturismo Cesani
    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.
  • Podere Vignanova Relais Castagneto Carducci Livorno Podere Vignanova
    Podere Vignanova, little charming resort in Tuscany, in one of the more enchanting corners of the Etruscan coast, where vineyards with wines which are conquering the world.
  • B&B la Fornace di Racciano Bed Breakfast San Gimignano Siena B&B la Fornace di Racciano
    La Fornace di Racciano is a lovely Bed&Breakfast a short distance from the historical centre of medieval San Gimignano. It consists of a typical Tuscan country house surrounded by a large flowery garden.
  • Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto Farmhouse San Gimignano Siena Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto
    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto located in the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.
  • La Pieve Farmhouse Colle Val D'Elsa Siena La Pieve
    La Pieve, charming farmhouse located on the hills of Val d'Elsa, between Volterra and San Gimignano, along the Via Francigena, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, with its luxuriant nature and rich history.
  • Agriturismo la Lucciolaia Farmhouse San Gimignano Siena Agriturismo la Lucciolaia
    In the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, Agriturismo La Lucciolaia is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized art towns.
  • Relais della Rovere Relais Colle Val D'Elsa Siena Relais della Rovere
    The Relais Della Rovere is a charming hotel created from the conversion of an ancient Benedictine abbey and a papal villa of the Renaissance period.
  • Agriturismo Marciano Farmhouse Siena Siena Agriturismo Marciano
    Agriturimo Marciano : an exlusive opportunity, two holidays at the place of only one. stay in the country and life downtown. Marciano is located near the walls of the Middle Age town of Siena.
  • Agriturismo le Caggiole Farmhouse Montepulciano Siena Agriturismo le Caggiole
    Immersed in the verdant countryside around the noble town of Montepulciano, that boasts ancient Etruscan origins, Le Caggiole Estate is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized treasures.

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