Monte San Savino - Monte San
Savino was an Etruscan town. It was fortified in Roman times
around a castle called Area alta.
In the 13th century it was a possession
of the Ubertini, lords of Arezzo, but in 1325, because it
sided with the Guelphs supported by Florence, the Ghibelline
bishop of Arezzo, Guido Tarlati, had the castle walls knocked
In 1337 the town became a dominion
of Perugia, then it belonged to Siena and finally to Florence
in 1384. In 1550 Duke Cosimo de' Medici granted Monte San
Savino as a personal fief to Baldovino del Monte, brother
of Pope Julius III.
Successively, the fief of Monte San
Savino was ruled by the Orsini marquises (until 1640), Mattias
de Medici (until 1667) and Vittoria della Rovere (until 1694).
In 1748 the town was finally restored to grand-ducal dominion.
By decree of the President of the Republic (22 July 1991)
Monte San Savino was granted the title of city. Of the famous
people born here, we draw your attention to the members of
the Monte family: Cardinal Antonio, Giovanni Maria who became
Pope Julius III and Pietro, a grand master of the order of
the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem.
Monte San Savino is surrounded by sloping walls with four
gates: the main one, Porta Fiorentina, Porta Romana, Porta
San Giovanni and the so called porticciolo.
Some of the principal monuments are in piazza Gamurrini.
The town museum is in the castle. The steeple built in 1643
in honour of Mattias de Medici towers over the square. In
1652 the Church of Saint Clare was built next to the castle.
Inside one can admire a work of art by Sansovino featuring
the Virgin with Baby Jesus and Saints, an altarpiece by Sansovino
of Saint Laurence, Saint Rocco and Saint Sebastian, a Crib
and a statue of Saint Anthony the Abbot. Palazzo Di Monte
is on corso Sangallo.
Opposite the building one can see the elegant profile of
the Loggias, probably the work of Sansovino. Further on, the
old parish church (late 11th century) named after Saint Egidio
and Saint Savino contains the sarcophagus of Fabiano Ciocchi
Di Monte. Palazzo Pretorio is opposite the church.
Where is Monte San Savino: is located in the south
of Arezzo province, on the border with the province of Siena.
How to reach Monte San Savino: From Arezzo take the
road E78 and exit Monte san Savino, 20 Km far
Nearby: Visit Lucignano, Cortona, Castiglion Fiorentino
Distances: Arezzo 20 Km - Florence 85 Km - Siena 41
Km - Pisa 150 Km
Correct name is Monte San Savino
Common mistakes are Munte,
Mount, Sabino, Salino, Sarino, Monte Sansavino