Montone has a magnificent view and everything within the village walls is worth a visit since Montone‘s medieval structure has been perfectly preserved.
5 things to do and see in Montone
1. Cloister and Piazzale di San Francesco
The Church of San Francesco is located right in the centre of Montone but in a raised position.
Its location makes the piazza by the same name a real terrace over the valley. An elegant 16th-century cloister with a small garden opposite the square also offers a beautiful view of the valley.
Its location makes the piazza by the same name a real terrace over Umbria.
An elegant 16th-century cloister with a small garden opposite the square also offers a beautiful view of the Umbrian valley.
2. Piazza Fortebraccio
This is the hub of Montone, where the locals gather to chat on Sunday.
I suggest you spend a while sitting at one of the two bars, to watch, listen and experience the placid pace of Montone.
3. Rocca di Braccio
Destroyed by Pope Sixtus IV to punish the son of the mercenary leader Braccio and, today, only a part of the exterior walls remains.
However, it has a beautiful garden and is a fascinating place, well restored by the town, which organizes summer concerts there.
4. The Art of Wrought Iron
The art of wrought iron is still thriving in the area and an old shop is still in operation right next door to the main entrance to Montone, the gate of the Old Village.
When I visited the workshop, the best surprise was finding a young apprentice with dreadlocks, working passionately with a desire to carry on this ancient craft.
5. Rocca D’Aries (Rocca D’Aria)
It occupies a strategic position in the hamlet of Bagno, about 6 km from Montone.
It was built by the ancestors of the soldier of fortune and mercenary leader Braccio Fortebraccio on a pre-existing structure, undergoing several renovations over time to become what it is now, a veritable fortress.
Only the outside can be visited.
Why it is one of the places to visit in Italy
For the landscape, for its gardens, for the narrow streets and the atmosphere.
Because, in Montone, they all know each other’s names and because the residents of Montone are so proud of their lovely village that they will welcome you with open arms, happy to show it to you in all its glory.