Chapter #1

David Lazzaretti and Madonna di Val di Prata

Monticello Amiata, Val di Prata
Madonna di Val di Prata, la fonte
Monticello Amiata, riserva naturale di Poggio all'Olmo
Cinigiano, campagnaPhoto by: Sfelt14
Monticello Amiata, San Michele ArcangeloPhoto by: LigaDue

The Amiata’s hips, a mountain sacred to the Etruscans and the birthplace of prophet David Lazzaretti, bear innumerable signs of the religious cults that have come and gone over the centuries from the pagans with their ancient beliefs and superstitions to the Christians who demonstrated the deep bond and confidence that the people of these parts have in the absolute. The Madonna di Val di Prata was "crowned" in the 18th century with its Sanctuary and the chapel rose alongside the source as part of a simple and intense cult that seeks answers in the spirituality of these places.

Chapter #2

Siloe: the monastery of the second millennium

Poggi del Sasso, monaci di Siloe
Monastero di Siloe
Poggi del Sasso, Forum Bertarelli
Sasso d'Ombrone, fiumePhoto by: LigaDue
Poggi del Sasso, Castello di Vicarello

They followed the rules of St. Benedict and "populated" an area that looks over the valley of the Ombrone River and the Maremma. They are the monks of Siloe, who arrived in Poggi del Sasso at the end of the 1900s, and in a short time, built an original and attractive heritage.

Before them, the monastery that now stands on the plateau did not exist. It’s a building designed to cater to the new millennium. Edoardo Milesi was the architect who along with the monks imagined the forms that were taking shape in the meantime. The severe lines and materials are contemporary, but the inspiration recalls the Middle Ages. A centre for prayer and spirituality, Siloe combines hospitality with architecture and culture - garnishing it all with the production of remarkably high quality chilli peppers.

Chapter #3

Monticello: open the door and find yourself in the 1800s

Monticello Amiata, Casa MuseoPhoto by: Maremma Toscana
Monticello Amiata, Casa MuseoPhoto by: Maremma Toscana
Monticello Amiata
Cinigiano, Corso ItaliaPhoto by: Assianir
Cinigiano, MunicipioPhoto by: LigaDue

The Casa Museo di Monticello Amiata is a journey through time on a real ethnographic path. Set inside the Amiata museum trail, the house is suspended in the 1800s. It houses the original family’s furniture and tools to work in the fields and woods. In the Casa Museo, objects tell a story, bringing you into contact with the origins of many of the Tuscan hill communities. In one room is an old mill with millstone and all the mechanisms for its operation.

Chapter #4

Montecucco DOCG: a long history, a great wine and a festival

Cinigiano, Castello di Colle Massari
Castiglioncello Bandini
Castel PorronaPhoto by: By Pinotto42
Cinigiano, Festa dell'Uva Carro Pescina 2012
Borgo Santa RitaPhoto by: Giovanni Casalini

In the slopes and plateaus that unite the plain of Ombrone on the slopes of Mount Amiata, excellence has found climate and fair crops. Careful and competent winegrowers produce extraordinarily perfumed grapes. The Montecucco DOCG takes its name from a town with a great history located in the heart of the Cinigiano territory. Montecucco was already mentioned in 1100 when the Camaldolese Monks referred to the quality of the land and the production of "Vino Bono" in unique places, manned by the Castles of Colle Massari, Vicarello, Castiglione del Torto, Porrona and the Torre di Scudellano. Cinigiano’s lands, located between Val d'Orcia and the Amiata, offered the Sangiovese grapes and other varieties, special humus that gave the grapes intense flavours and priceless wines.

Since 1966, Cinigiano has organized its Festa dell'Uva with floats from the three districts: Cassero, Molino and Pescina.

Photo by: ARCA