Castello di Monsummano Alto

Castello di Monsummano Alto, Monsummano Terme: Address, Castello di Monsummano Alto Reviews: 4/5

Castello di Monsummano Alto

Castello di Monsummano Alto
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Sergio B
Pieve a Nievole, Italy5 contributions
special place to walk or bike
Jun 2018 • Solo
lovely place in Valdinievole to walk or bike in the middle of nature, better in summer, also to take photos
Written 19 June 2018
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LindaJacobs
Forney, TX190 contributions
Friendly staff and only 3 rooms to stay overnight
Jun 2015 • Couples
We stayed overnight at Castello di Monsummano and ate at the restaurant there. The rooms were small and were built on the property just for guests. The bathroom had a tiny shower but was adequate. The small room had a large sliding door that was a window to the valley below. The views were amazing. It was fun to walk around the remains of the Castle wall and visit the chapel on the property. The food at the restaurant was delicious and was built on the restaurant was overlooking the valley below. People were very warm and friendly. The location was difficult to find and we had to ask people walking on the trail for additional directions to verify that were indeed going in the right direction.
Written 11 May 2016
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,124 contributions
A "ghost town" of the Italian Middle Ages
Jan 2016 • Friends
The Castello (castle) of Monsummano Alto, overlooking the plain below, is interesting from several points of view.
The first point of interest is the view that it allows on the plain below, once occupied by wetlands and now largely cultivated and densely populated. With clear weather one can see, towards west, the mountain set between Lucca and Pisa ("Monte Serra" or "Monte Pisano") and, under the Castle, the new town of Monsummano and the nearby spa town of Montecatini. On the opposite side, the mountain range of "Montalbano" instead prevents the view towards Florence and Pistoia.
But perhaps even more interesting is the reflection that this place allows about the changing nature of the settlement events.
It is worth repeating that in the Mediterranean world "Castello" doesn't mean "feudal manor", but just "walled settlement". This is also the case of Monsummano Alto: starting from the eleventh century, it was a true, rather flourishing small town, featured by a real self-government.
Then, starting at the latest by the early seventeenth century, the town has decayed, replaced by the new Monsummano, at the foot of the hill, built in an area before almost deserted. Already in 1833, according to historian Emanuele Repetti, the upper town has only 387 inhabitants, versus more than 2,000 into the lower city; and today this once walled area is quite empty: the only business inside it is a restaurant and, seasonally, a B & B.
The remains of the ancient city consist mainly of two churches (closed when we visited them), some other ruined buildings, two city gates, and only a part of the walls, often nearly suffocated by vegetation that has grown over. What a deep transformation!
Written 4 January 2016
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