A Romantic Tuscan Escape

Montefollonico (Siena)

Discover Montefollonico, an unspoilt hill town with a rich history and stunning architecture. Located just minutes from Siena House, this romantic destination is perfect for a peaceful stroll or a memorable marriage proposal.

Many visitors might overlook Montefollonico while on their way to the more famous Pienza. However, if you’re seeking a truly Tuscan experience that doesn’t appear on the typical vacation itinerary, Montefollonico is the place to discover. This hidden gem is located in the Commune of Torrita di Siena, just on the way from Torrita Historic Centre to Pienza.

Why Visit Montefollonico?

Montefollonico is a charming and unspoilt hill town with beautifully kept streets and houses adorned with potted Geraniums. The town’s medieval architecture, with its red and amber bricks, blue-grey Pietra Serena, golden Tufo stone, and grey-white Travertine, offers a picturesque backdrop for a romantic exploration. The town is quiet and intimate, making it a perfect spot for a peaceful stroll or even a marriage proposal.

I recently visited Montefollonico to scout for a wedding location and was captivated by the town’s intimate charm. The beautifully kept streets, the friendliness of the locals, and the breathtaking views from the Parco Tondo made it an unforgettable experience. Whether you’re planning a proposal or just want to explore a picturesque Tuscan town, Montefollonico is a hidden gem worth visiting.

Key Information:

  • Distance from Hotel: 10-15 minutes
  • Time to Drive: Approximately 10-15 minutes
  • Recommended For: History enthusiasts, couples, photographers, and those seeking an authentic Tuscan experience
  • Best Time to Visit: Anytime, but quieter between 13:00 and 16:00 when locals are having lunch
  • Suggested Duration: An hour or two for a walk; more if planning to dine
  • Itinerary Suggestions: Combine a visit to Montefollonico with trips to Pienza, Montepulciano, or on the way home to Siena House

Things to Do in Montefollonico

Explore the Town:

Take a leisurely walk through the charming streets of Montefollonico. The town’s medieval architecture and beautiful detailing under the rooflines, ironwork, and weathered painted doors are a delight to explore.

Visit the Parco Tondo:

Head to the Parco Tondo just outside the city walls for breathtaking views of Montepulciano, Val di Chiana, and Val d’Orcia. This park is a must-visit for its stunning vistas and romantic setting.

Enjoy Local Cuisine:

While the town has several serious-looking restaurants, specific recommendations are best obtained during your stay. However, nearby options include scenic pizzas at Le Macine or dining at Al Botteghino on your way back to Siena House.

Special Events:

Montefollonico hosts the inexpensive civil marriage ceremonies, making it a great choice for a romantic wedding.

When to Visit:

Any time of year is good, but winter can be cold and windy. Avoid visiting at lunchtime unless you plan to eat, as the streets and shops will be empty.