Monticiano is a village of about 1500 inhabitants located on the back of a hill, 365 meters above sea level, not far from Siena. Its origins are lost in the darkness of ages. By etymology would seem that the village existed since the days of paganism, as its name seems clearly to be a fix for Mount Janus, from where it came Monti-Giano, and therefore Monticiano.
The territory, mainly hilly, since ancient times belonged to Volterra, and then in the Middle Ages, got under the dominion of Siena. The castle's boundary walls are still visible in town. The current village was built over those ancient walls. A couple of towers, one round, and the Gate Maremmana still in good condition were part of the fortifications. Unfortunately, the old Town Hall was destroyed during the Second World War.
The whole area is populated with chestnut trees, oaks, pines and Mediterranean species. Monticiano can indeed be considered a small natural paradise, with mild temperatures even in the heat of summer. The vast expanse of green guarantee pure and healthy air, and its natural beauty and landscape make it a pleasant place to spend a peaceful holiday.
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