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MONTEMIGNAIO is a small village of 585 inhabitants, in Casentino, one of the best examples of medieval fortified mountain village. The first document about Montemignaio dates back to 1103, in which the Pope gives the Bishop of Fiesole the authority over the village Pieve. It seems that his name comes from Mons Miliarius, since here was the ancient road from Florence to Castel San Niccolò. And about roads, the one passing by Consuma to go to Montemignaio, though a bit long, is really magnificent: you go through a restful and immersed in nature landscape, with its forests, mountains, the castle overhanging the small village and the cultivated fields that are still the main source of livelihood for the inhabitants of the area. Following this road, just before arriving at the castle, it's worth taking a small detour to visit the Madonna delle Calle Oratory, dating back to the middle of the 15th century, and containing an image of the Madonna which is thought to be miraculous.

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Arriving at Montemignaio you realize that the structure of the hamlet has remained the medieval one, with houses still partially surrounded by what remains of the ancient city walls. 
  • Not to be missed the of Castel Leone with its two towers, one of which is a bell tower, among which there is an archway leading into the castle itself and to the remains of the palace, which was the residence of the Counts Guidi and then of the Podestà of Florence.
  • Very nice the courtyard of the Mastio with the ancient well, although to access it you have to make the outside tour of the walls. A small curiosity on the bell of Castel Leone: it appears that during the French occupation of the late 1700s the bell was ringed to incite the peasants to the revolt, and that therefore the French, failing to break down the bell tower, had stolen the bell clapper. This was later found in a foundry in Rovezzano, a nearby village. 
  • Do not miss the visit to the Pieve di Santa Maria Assunta, oldest compare with the castle, and one of the most important Romanesque churches in Casentino. Inside, architectural styles are different, probably due to the many consolidation or refurbishment efforts that have been made over the centuries. This, however, gives it an even more special look, since inside it can be found columns with capitals (and the capitals are different from each other), frescoed pillars and even Gothic elements.
  • As already mentioned, the areas of Pratomagno and Casentino are great for those who love outdoor activities, from trekking to biking, this area offers gorgeous landscapes, even for those who want to relax and break away from the hectic life of everyday.


Many events take place in this small medieval village:

  • During every year summer, the wine festival is celebrated in Montemignaio, between the end of July and the beginning of August, as well as the event “Pievi and Castelli in Musica”, this year at the 30th edition, is held between the end of September and the beginning of October, where you can enjoy concerts of classical music, and not only, in a truly suggestive setting.
  • Even in autumn there are lots of festivals, from that of truffles in September, that of chestnuts at the end of October, polenta, in November, until the Christmas markets, which have become a tradition.

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