Montemigniaio is a small village in the attractive setting of the Casentino district of eastern Tuscany.
The artistic aspects of Montemignaio are mostly due to two monuments: the Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta and the Castle of the Guidi Counts.
Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta
This church in Montemignaio has elements of both romanesque and gothic style, and is similar in style to the other churches of the Casentino and probably built by the same workers. It was restoration works that began in the first half of the 1950s that brought to light the ancient wooden roof and polychrome frescoes.
The interior of the church is very attractive due to the presence of pillars and columns, with round-headed arches separating the bays, and the remains of some frescoes still visible on some pillars (although these have deteriorated over the centuries).
Also inside Church of Montemignaio there is a painting thought to be of the school of Ghirlandaio depicting "The Madonna Enthroned with Child and Four Doctors of the Church". Finally, also worthy of mention is a terracotta by the school of Della Robbia, representing another "Madonna and Child Enthroned, St. Anthony Abbot and Saint Sebastian."
Castle of the Guidi Counts
Next you can visit the ancient castle of the Counts Guidi, whose ancient walls have now been partly lost. The remaining remnants give only a faint idea of the power of the ancient castle, which, from its lofty mountain height, dominated all the fields and road below.
The crumbling walls, the main tower and the cistern are all that remains of the ancient feudal castle, as well as two towers. To the right of the main access gate stands a mighty tower that served as a bell tower, with a second tower to the left. The two towers are joined by the mighty city walls which open to a round arch that leads into the castle.
Entering the gate, on the left are the majestic ruins of the palace, which was at first the residence of the Counts of Guidi and then later of the Florentine Podesta. The curtain walls still form the side of what was once the door leading into the courtyard of this so-called Palagio ("Guidi Palace"). The courtyard has a pit in the middle, while the donjon is visible behind the old chapel of the castle.
Today the Castle of Montemignaio is considered to be one of the best examples of medieval mountain fortresses in Tuscany
Other Montemignaio attractions
The beautiful setting and local products such as Casentino ham, goat cheese, mushrooms and other fruits of the woods and trout attract a large influx of tourists to this region both winter and summer.
Map of Montemignaio & places to visit
Selected places to visit near Montemignaio
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