Season 2
Episode 2

28:33 min

Colline Metallifere
Tuscany, Italy
Part 2

In this episode we’ll visit the town of Montieri, which in the Middle Ages was a mining castle. The place still has its secrets and mysteries, such as the recently discovered ruins of an ancient church with six flower-shaped apses. We’ll be enjoying a ‘6-legged’ trek through the forest of the Cornate Nature Reserve. We’ll meet some local people, at one of the oldest fairs in Tuscany, featuring horseback tournaments. We’ll attend something pretty unusual: a viola da gamba concert. We’ll spend St Lorenzo’s night, the 10th of August, outdoors in Massa Marittima, tasting the excellent D.O.C. Monteregio wines while looking for a shooting star, to make a wish.

How to get there

We’re heading for Montieri - Province of Grosseto, Italy, a 25 minutes drive from the town of Massa Marittima and 2 hours from Pisa airport.


Viola da Gamba festival in Gerfalco, Tuscany

We are in the beautiful piazza of Massa Marittima, for the Festival “La Lirica in Piazza” and witness the last minute preparations before the opening of Rigoletto this evening. Even if Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece was first staged at La Fenice opera house in Venice on 11 March 1851, it still seems strikingly contemporary. The plot is based on Victor Hugo’s play Le roi s’amuse. Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto and Rigoletto’s beautiful daughter Gilda. You can of course see Rigoletto in celebrated Opera Houses around the world, but under a starry, night sky in Tuscany, it is something real special.

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