The small town of Monterchi lies in the Tuscan countryside, 80km southeast of Florence. Situated on a hill along the banks of the Tiber River, this charming town is surrounded by olive groves, fruit groves, vineyards and sheep farms. A villa in Monterchi is the ideal place to be if you want a relaxing, peaceful holiday.
Although it is a small town, there is plenty to do in Monterchi. Beautiful old buildings surround the narrow streets, and there are charming squares where you can stop and rest while you sample some of the local Tuscan cuisine.
The most famous Monterchi attraction is the “Madonna del Parto”, a fresco of a pregnant Madonna, which has been lovingly restored. You can also see fascinating architecture in the Romanic Parish as well as the Saint Simeone Church.
If you want to spend some time in the fresh air then you can take a walk through the vineyards and olive groves in the picturesque countryside surrounding your villa in Monterchi.
A great way to experience authentic Monterchi produce and Tuscan food is to hire a chef for the evening. The chef will come to your rental villa in Monterchi with food that he will prepare on site. You can enjoy a tasty 7-course meal with fantastic wine from the region at a very reasonable price.
If you rent one of the holiday apartments or villas in Monterchi in September you will get the chance to be a part of the Polenta Festival. It is held on the last Sunday of September and is characterized by folklore, traditional music, dancing and plenty of feasting.
The town of Arezzo is 30km away from Monterchi and is a great place to take a day trip. Here you can see the beautiful town square, the Piazza Grande. You can also enjoy the architecture of Gothic style churches. The town is also home to a Roman amphitheatre.
The weather in Monterchi is very mild. The summers are dry and warm and the winters cool, with some rain. The best time to rent a holiday apartment of villa in Monterchi is during September and October when the weather is most pleasant and there are fewer tourists.
Florence Airport (FLR) and Pisa International Airport (PSA) are the two main airports in Tuscany. Ryanair, easyJet and BMI all offer cheap direct flights to Tuscany from the UK. From the airport you can hire a car or go by bus to your Monterchi villa.