Montefiascone

Montefiascone

Montefiascone is a town in the Viterbo province, lying on the highest hill of the Volsini mountains, in the heart of a rich agricoltural territory famous for the wine production.

The town flourished in the Middle Ages around a fortified rock and in the 12th and 13th century it acquired importance as a safe haven for the popes, often forced to flee from the Papal Palace of Viterbo. Thanks to its position, Montefiascone is well appreciated by tourists as they not only can admire the beautiful surrounding views but also the amount of history and art in the ancient “Borgo”.

To be visited: the Cathedral of Saint Margherita (1519) an early structure of Michele Sanmicheli, it homes a splendid wooden Crucifix. The church of Saint Flaviano, built on the outline of the ancient Francigena road, a very clear example of Romanesque art. Other interesting features are: an impressive old roman nave, with many 14th century frescoes, such as a beautiful fresco of Saint Flaviano and the Museum of Architecture of Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane.

To enjoy also the many local events (festas) like the annual “Wine Feast” planned to promote the typical quality wine (in August), and the many local exquisite specialities in the little trattorias and old cellars.

 

Montefiascone