A thousand-year old castle, stories of battles and war commanders, villages nestled in the rock and Tuscan wines: an itinerary in the Colline Metallifere.
For almost one thousand years the Castello di Montemassi has watched over its lands: that part of the Maremma that surrounds it stretching out to the foot of the Colline Metallifere.
A visit to the building doesn’t just mean walking around the ruins; above all, it will take you to the very top of the tower where you can admire an incredible 360° view over the hills below: a valley that surrounds the fort in every direction.
Easily reached from the coast and Grosseto, the first document mentioning the castle dates back to 1076, but its fame is inextricably linked to a work of art narrating subsequent events: the renowned Guidoriccio da Fogliano attributed to the master Simone Martini.
Today held in the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena, this large fresco portrays Guidoriccio da Fogliano at the siege of Montemassi – he can be seen in the centre. To the left of the commander you can see Montemassi in the distance, its tower still intact and almost alive, surrounded by the walls and ready to repel the enemy; to the right is the Siennese camp, the very front of the offensive with its tents and its vines.
Yes, vines, as absurd as it sounds: in fact, a probable translation error in the war chronicles led the artist to paint vines instead of “vinae“ which were wartime weapons. After all, vines in Tuscany are never out of place – even in works of art.