Hi, Marrionaia’s friends!
Today with Paola Migliorini owner of @paolasflorencetours we visited the Rocca di Montestaffoli.

The hill of Montestaffoli was, in the early Middle Ages, the seat of a fortress owned by the bishop of Volterra, who had political jurisdiction over the settlement. Here a market had been established that enjoyed a flourishing economy, thanks to trade with neighboring cities (San Gimignano was at the intersection of the Via Francigena, on the north-south axis, and the road connected Pisa with Siena).

The Florentines took over the Rocca di Montestaffoli in 1353 after San Gimignano, devastated by a plague epidemic, asked for military protection in Florence. After a long period of neglect, it was partially restored in the last century, but only the external walls remain of the original structure. In his court, green space was created where public events were organized. From its only accessible tower, you can enjoy a beautiful view over the Valdelsa and the village’s historic center.