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Monticchiello

Listed under Historic Towns and Villages in Tuscany, Italy.

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Between Pienza and Monticechiello is a much photographed road that zigzags up and down a bright green hill between tall, narrow cypress trees. You don't have to ride via this road, but it's a much immortalised image of Tuscany and very photogenic – the kind of photo you might consider blowing up and putting on your wall back home. Monticchiello is in the valley, a medieval village retaining much of its ancient architecture: the old defensive walls, the castle and its tower, and many buildings within the village as well.

As with all medieval Italian towns one of the most beautiful buildings is the church, and some of the most prized art in the area is displayed there. In this case there are two churches, the Church of S. Agata and the 13th Century Church of Santo Leonardo e Cristóforo, which is the one with the impressive Gothic facade.

But what really puts this town on the map that the road wiggles up is the annual 'Teatro Povero' events it hosts in July and August. Translating to The Poor Theatre, this traditional event requires a new play be devised each year, written by local people about past, present and future local events.

Written by  AndyinItaly.

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