Val d'Orcia
Val d'Orcia

Top things to do in Monticchiello: the hamlet and the theatre

Monticchiello, a tiny village famous for its theatre

Located about 6 kilometers from Pienza, Monticchiello stands on the top of a hill (500 metres above sea level) in the heart of the Val d’Orcia.

Monticchiello is a typical medieval village still enclosed within the ancient walls which, though partly in ruins, still retain some defensive towers. This small village has arisen gathered around the fortress that has a donjon that dates back to 1256-1257.

In addition to its artistic and architectural heritage, the village is notable for its peculiar theatrical tradition. Here, every year, are staged performances of the “Teatro povero” (poor theater) in which the actors are the people of Monticchiello themselves.

things to do in Monticchiello
Monticchiello (Photo by pug girl / CC BY)

Top things to do in Monticchiello

The fort and the city walls

Monticchiello had a solid system of fortifications, formed by the fortress located on the highest point of the settlement and the turreted walls that protected the village. Today, the only part of the fortress that resists is the mighty donjon built by Siena.

The walls, partially preserved, are interspersed with towers of various shapes and sizes. Of these there are still seven, five with a square base and two round towers.

Things to do in Monticchiello: visit the hamlet
Monticchiello in Val d’Orcia

Pieve dei Santi Leonardo e Cristoforo

Pieve dei Santi Leonardo e Cristoforo (parish church of the Saints Leonardo and Cristoforo) is a Gothic style church built in the second half of the thirteenth century.

The facade, very simple, is characterized by a beautiful ogival portal surmounted by an elegant rose window.

The interior has a single nave. On the walls of the church are preserved some precious frescoes of the sienese school of the 14th and 15th. Among them, are especially interesting ones concerning the Episodi della vita di Santa Caterina d’Alessandria (episodes of the life of Saint Catherine of Alessandria).

The Teatro Povero

The Teatro Povero (poor theatre) of Monticchiello was born in the sixties as a form of resistance to the crisis of the economy linked tosharecropping.

During the shows are usually treated the great themes andhistorical facts, especially contemporaries, that have an important role in the life of the village.

Things to do in Monticchiello: go to the Teatro Povero
Teatro Povero (foto di http://teatropovero.it)

Around Monticchiello in Val d’Orcia

Monticchiello is located not far from Pienza, of which it is afraction, and about seven kilometers from Montepulciano.



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