Montisi is an ancient castle of the valley of the Asso, on the flanks of the chain of mountains, it is remembered since 1100 as one of the fortified lands of the Sienese countryside.
most important monuments in Montisi
The Grange of Santa Maria della Scala is the most important monument in Montisi. It was built in 14th century; the building is built around two main courtyards, separate from what was once an open loggia,In the southern part, there is a small 19th century theater, the result of a radical restoration work in the early 21st century. Now the theater is used for shows and comedies,and the “Grancia” is a private home and a farmhouse.
Parish church of the Santissima Annunziata
It was built in the thirteenth century in Romanesque style, but it has undergone over the centuries various restorations and alterations. In the eighteenth century the church was restored in Baroque style,by the Bishop of Pienza Septimius Cinughi, but the last major intervention began in mid-twentieth century, when the parson Elio Benvenuti expanded the church by building a new apse and the side chapel. The Romanesque facade still retains the look with two windows on the sides of the portal and the masonry blocks of tuff. The interior, however, is in Renaissance style and the nave is divided into four bays by three sets of three arches supported by marble columns. The church has many works of art such as the altar piece “Madonna enthroned with Saints Paul, James, Peter and Louis” by Neroccio di Bartolomeo de’ Landi, and the “Crucifixion” painted in the mid-fourteenth century….Read more