Monteggiori, off the Beaten Path Village of Northern Tuscany

Monteggiori is located in the region of Tuscany. It is approximately 81km away from the capital of Tuscany, Florence and around 31km From Lucca or Pisa. The village is not a well visited hilltop village and even unknown by many people. It is not far from the coastal area Versilia. However it is not without interesting facts.


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View from a terrace of a local house in Monteggiori, Tuscany
View from a terrace of a local house in Monteggiori, Tuscany

We discovered this village during our trip to Tuscany.  Having stayed there for 7 nights in a local family accommodation, we felt like being home there.  We ate typical Tuscany breakfast prepared by hotel owner who was once a Chef and later a professional poker player. We also ate dinners in the famous local restaurant and explored the tiny village as well.

Background

The name Montegiori means “little mountain”. It situates on the slope of the Apuan Alps over the plain and the beaches of Versilia. It is even presumed to have Etruscan origins, its layout is in the shape of a fish, harking back to the Hellenistic tradition of the Acropoli. The village was mentioned the first time in a document from 1224. The fortified medieval village had an important role during the Middle Ages. It was built in a strategic position dominating the plain and the coastal area.

What to see in Monteggiori

It was in the late afternoon and some local inhabitants sat outside theirs house chatting with each other. People were so friendly that everyone said “Buon giorno” to us.

A panorama view of the flat land and sea
A panorama view of the flat land and sea

The main square is Piazza degli artisti, where the church of Saint Stephen is surrounded by old houses, including the famous restaurant/bar Le Tre Terrazze. It is the only business in this remote village. People were busy preparing for the evening business. It is worth to mention that Le Tre Terrazze is a very good local restaurant offering delicious homemade food.

the church of Saint Stephen in Monteggiori, Tuscany
the church of Saint Stephen in Monteggiori, Tuscany

Strolling on the narrow street we spotted many cats.  There seems have more cats than inhabitants. Old houses have colored pots of flowers placed in front of their doors. One local man saw we were busy picturing the village, he invited us to his house for a picture. The entrance of his house looks so narrow, but inside of the house it is very spacious. The house includes a big kitchen, several rooms from left to right and a very very big open terrace with a panorama view of the flat land and the sea.  WOW!

A panorama view of the flat land and the sea, Monteggiori, Tuscany
A panorama view of the flat land and the sea, Monteggiori, Tuscany
House door decorated with flower pots, Monteggiori, Tuscany
House door decorated with flower pots, Monteggiori, Tuscany

Monteggiori is so silent and quiet. Walking into the village feels like back to the past. It is definitely an off the beaten path village of northern Tuscany. If you have beach holiday near Versilia beach, it is a good place to escape the beach crowds for a couple of hours.

How to access the village

The only way to access the village is on foot.  There is a small car park next to the graveyard. A path along the ancient defensive wall leads the way up to the village.

Path leads to the Monteggiori, Tuscany
Path leads to the Monteggiori, Tuscany


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13 Comments

  1. I love to discover the off-the-beaten path destinations whenever I visit a new country, so Monteggiori Village is a perfect place for me. The view from there is so beautiful and I will definitely add to my Italian travel bucket list.

  2. What a quaint little village with spectacular views and an interesting history. I love the photos you shared.

  3. If I could live there, I would! Oh my goodness, what a beautiful place. The views are fantastic! Just looking at it would make your stress melt away.

  4. Wow, absolutely stunning views. It is my dream to visit Italy and get to experience these beautiful locations in person. For now, I can enjoy them through your photos. 🙂

  5. Thanks for this info. Before our son was born, my hubby and I tried to visit every city in Italy! We would spend our time daytripping and exploring everywhere. I love this country, and this town looks fantastic, it is now on our list!

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