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Montone

Montone is a charming medieval village located in Umbria, known for its picturesque landscape and rich historical heritage. Montone stands on a hill overlooking the valley of the Carpina River, offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. The origins of Montone date back to Etruscan times, but the village gained importance during the Middle Ages. It was ruled by several noble families, including the Fortebracci, one of the most powerful families in the region. Braccio da Montone, one of the most famous leaders of the time, was born here.

The village faithfully preserves the urban environment of the time and much of its medieval architecture, with narrow streets, stone houses, its walls and the three gates that lead to the three districts: Verziere, Borgo Vecchio and Monte. With its well-preserved Old Town, cobbled streets, and stunning hilltop location, Montone is a popular destination for tourists looking for a taste of authentic Italian culture and history. Among the main points of interest in Montone are the Gothic church of San Francesco of the fourteenth century, with valuable frescoes and works of art, and the collegiate church of Santa Maria and San Gregorio Magno, rebuilt in the seventeenth century and enriched by works by renowned artists. The village is also home to important cultural institutions such as the Polo di Santa Caterina and the Polo di San Fedele, which offer spaces for the library, the municipal historical archive, the auditorium and the theater. In addition, outside the town, there is the ancient parish church or parish church of San Gregorio, one of the oldest churches in Montone, with Romanesque-Byzantine frescoes and subsequent modifications in the sixteenth century.

Montone is known for its rich calendar of cultural and historical events. The Donation of the Holy Thorn is one of the most important and evocative historical re-enactments in Montone, an event that attracts visitors from all over Italy and beyond. This event is held in the second week of August and lasts for several days. It celebrates a significant historical moment for the village. The celebration dates back to the fifteenth century. According to tradition, Braccio da Montone received a relic of the Holy Thorn of Christ’s crown as a sign of gratitude for his military services. In 1473, his son, Carlo Fortebracci, donated this relic to the community of Montone. The event thus became an annual celebration to remember this precious gift. One of the central events of the re-enactment is the historical procession, in which citizens dressed in period costumes parade through the streets of the village, recreating the atmosphere of the Middle Ages. Scenes of everyday life, battles and significant moments in the history of Montone are depicted.

During the festival, the village of Montone is transformed, reliving its medieval splendour with a series of events that involve the whole community and visitors. The Donation of the Holy Thorn is not only a folkloric event, but represents an important opportunity for the community of Montone to celebrate its identity and historical roots. It is a moment of aggregation and sharing that strengthens the bonds between citizens and promotes local culture; participating in this event is a unique experience that allows you to immerse yourself in the history and traditions of Montone,offering a journey back in time through shows, re-enactments and a lively medieval atmosphere savoring the gastronomy of the village that reflects the Umbrian culinary traditions,with dishes based on local products such as truffles,porcini mushrooms,extra virgin olive oil and fine wines in the numerous food stands.

Montone is an ideal destination for those looking for an authentic experience in one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, where history, culture and nature blend harmoniously.

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