The guide book informed us that Monte san Savino was a city of art and wine. It is also one of the first urban settlements in Tuscany. The town originated in 1100.
We entered the town through one of the arched portals to explore.
Monte san Savino was not very busy on the day we were there, and we didn’t see much evidence of art and wine, but there are some impressive buildings.
The Loggia dei Mercanti is attributed to Nanni di Baccio Bigio (great name). The interior rooms served as a granary at one stage and the loggia provided shelter for markets.
The Palazzo Pretorio dates from the first half of the 14th century and boasts a decorated tower.
The main piazza is a great meeting place for the locals.
Monte san Savino poet Giulio Salvadori has been immortalised.
The highlight for us was the beautiful Palazzo di Monte. It was built by the noble family Del Monte between 1515 and 1517. Its beautiful garden looks over the surrounding countryside.
On the way out of Monte san Savino we spotted this pretty garden. The owner clearly puts in lots of work here.
Monte san Savino is not the most spectacular Tuscan town we have visited, but it has its charms.