Montecastelli Pisano in Tuscany
What to visit
Holiday Rentals in Montecastelli
Sport and services
uditorium of Music of Montecastelli Pisano: in the last few years in this charming medieval village a music room was born,called Auditorium della Compagnia or “hall of 99 chairs”. Born from the church of the Copagnia (today deconsecrated) and turned into a nice Auditorium where every citizen has contributed bringing his own chair, inside every week you can attend important classical music concerts who have also seen the names of the music scene on the stage. Some violins that participate in the concerts have been entirely realized by the founder of the auditorium Philipp Bonhoeffer, who besides being a world-famous cardio-surgeon, delights in making hand-made violins in the Montecastelli Pisano luthiery he created.
The Village of Montecastelli Pisano: a quiet village, still in time, crossing it seems to make a leap into the past. The bell tower of the parish church of of the saints Filippo and Giacomo and the Pannocchieschi tower are located in the center of the village. In particular, this area undergoing restoration will welcome cultural complex dedicated to music and science, it will host masterclasses of classical music and scientific conferences and will become a point of reference for many international artists. A country that thanks to agriculture and tourism has been reborn in recent years thanks to an increasing number of people who have decided to enhance the healthy life and the absence of smog. In your tur you can also visit the Museum of Peasant Civilization born in 1985 with the aim of documenting the agricultural and handicraft activities of Val di Cecina through the objects donated by the inhabitants of the country..
IGP wine of Montecastelli Pisano: The area with the “IGP Montecastelli Pisano” trademark extends from Castelnuovo Val di Cecina, Pomarance, Volterra and Montecatini Val di Cecina. In July or August the farmers’ cellars will be open and you will be able to visit and taste a wine that represents the essence of a territory, at the end of July you can attend the IGP Wine Festival of Montecastelli Pisano where to taste typical products and taste fine wines of the area. You can also taste the organic extra virgin olive oil of Montecastelli Pisano produced by our organic farm. We produce small quantities of oil for 15 years in the most natural way without using any pesticides or pesticides.
The mine of Montecastelli Pisano: from the village of Montecastelli, going down to the private road that leads to the Tuscan Villa le Capanne you can reach a path that will allow you to reach an ancient Copper Mine. This mine has been restored and can be visited by tourists who like adventure booking a guided tour with Gianluca. The mine had numerous tunnels, the longest, destined to the outflow of the water used for the operation of the machinery and for the washing of the ore, reached over 700 m, and a well that reached the lowest level, 170 m deep.
Mufloni, deer and wild boar: walking through the many paths that lead to the toorente Pavone, the mine or the Tuscany Villa Centopino we suggest you not to make too much noise, you can indeed meet and photograph mouflons, hares, fawns and more rarely Boar. Some areas close to the Villas are in fact protected from hunting so the animals can live without being disturbed.
Restaurant, coffee bar “L’Orto del Prete“.
This restaurant is located in the center of Montecastelli Pisano at walking distance from our villas, alternatively there are many other restaurants but you will need to take the car, we will be happy to offer you suggestions and if you want to book for you.
ennis court: for those who love to play tennis, a few hundred meters from the Villa there is a new tennis court and a soccer field.
ublic fountain of purified water: The town of Castelnuovo offers a fountain where you can always take filtered, natural (free) and sparkling fresh water (5 euro cents / liter).
rails and walks: inside the Villas you will have at your disposal the leaflets with indicated all the paths to travel in the surrounding area, we suggest a visit to the Rocca Sillana. For trained people: the Montecastelli Mine and the Pavone stream.
The History of Montecastelli Pisano
village of Montecastelli Pisano
The tower Pannocchieschi
The door Bucignana
Tourism in Montecastelli Pisano
ontecastelli Pisano was founded between 1186 and 1204 by the bishop Ildebrando and Count Guasco. Montecastelli Pisano is a small village, fraction of the town of Castelnuovo di Val di Cecina, located on top of a bare hill a 494mt above sea level. Montecastelli has a territorial extension of about 2800 hectares and is inhabited by about 400 people. Until a few years ago the inhabitants were exclusively dedicated to agriculture and cutting of woods. The country sits on a hill of Gabbro, on the other side of Rocca Sillana to the east that slopes gently toward the river Cecina and west quickly scosche on Pavone stream. Montecastelli Pisano, isolated and little-known, away from noise material and spiritual pollution has remained a place, where the benefit of time is marked not by the clock hands but the signs of nature. The stones of Montecastelli seem to speak and remember the hunger for power old men who brought misfortune and glory to this small village perched on top of a hill. It was the year 1447 and Montecastelli already in 1431 had to suffer employment from Nicholas Piccinini was besieged by the army of Alfonzo V di Aragona king of Naples and Sicily. Montecastelli land of Volterra (before becoming a land of Florence) had never been conquered for a strong army such as Alfonzo di Aragona, entering into the Florentine history of that period.It all began in 1447 with the death of Filippo Maria Visconti that died without sons, left no heirs to the Duchy of Milan. Alfondo di Aragona became his heir. Alfonzo, coming from Valdarno, towards the end of October 1447, are directed towards Volterra and, in val di Cecina, occupied with ease Pomarance, Castelnuovo di val di Cecina, Sasso Pisano and Monteverdi, but he found an obstacle in Montecastelli that spoiled his projects. Montecastelli was besieged but the determined defense of its inhabitants and a kind of tornado that fell on the area, forced the king to remove the siege. Alfonzo retired to Campiglia and with the help of Fazio and Arrigo of Gherardesca (enemies of Florence) could occupy Montescudaio, Guardistallo, Bolgheri, Riparbella but not Campiglia. Almost seems impossible today, in the serene quiet of the hills, we could have been so much war.
ontecastelli Pisano still maintains its appearance of a medieval castle that develops in the top of a hill at the base which is located the Villa Centopino and on the opposite side the Villa le Capanne. The choice of the inhabitants dedicated to tourism and agriculture has allowed the village of Montecastello to keep the character of the old town for hundreds of years.
he tower Pannocchieschi desired by Pagano in 1215, stands at the highest hill of Montecastelli Pisano. Many land data were rented to the family Pannocchischi, a powerful dynasty peasant who sought to get even sound urban by the conquest and retention of the bishop’s chair.
his ancient door provides access to one of the two main streets of Montecastelli. So called because it opened in the direction of the castles of Gabbro bucignano, decisive in the foundation of the village of Montecastelli. The door bucignana unlike the door Gabbro remained supplements and is located in the southern flank of the castle of Montecastelli. Important artistic significance is the church of Montecastelli Pisano.
n the last 7 years the country has undergone extensive renovations bringing a new light into the country. Classical music combined with art and science, thanks to the arrival of famous people are bringing out the simple but important aspects that characterize this part of Tuscany: typical products such as wine and oil, artists, healthy air and relaxation.