Montone was elected one of Italy´s most beautiful villages. High up on a ridge, watching over the valley of the river Carpina, facing the Appenin peaks far in the back; a fully preserved surrounding wall, on top of it the small houses with colourful fronts, nestled around the piazza, center of the village and Italian life in small scale. Not over-crowded... but in contrast to many other villages still a lively place, and not merely a 'museum'. The local infrastructure provides you with everyday services: 2 alimentari, the small groceries, butcher and bakery, a post office, bank with ATM, bookshop and hairdresser, 2 cafés - and an amazing number of really good restaurants!
Montone hosts a couple of events well worth visiting:
Umbria Film Festival - the essence of an independent film festival for those movie afficinados; takes place in Montone, on the main piazza! Each year during the first week of July
La Donazione della Santa Spina - big festival with religious background; two dates to watch this colourful spectacle - the Monday after Easter Sunday and the Middle of August
Festa del Bosco - White Truffels, wild boar sausages, black truffels, ancient fruits like Corbezzoli and Giuggiole, new wine and olive oil - this very traditional festiva takes place on the weekend around the 1st of November. Enjoy the food prepared by the quarters of the village, and served in old cellars and outside on the terazza, taste the local products offered and just be part of the 3 days party!