Montefollonico contains in its name part of the history of its territory: the place name derives from the Latin 'fullones', which means 'cloth-washers' and recalls the ancient presence in this area of water mills, with which the heavy clubs used to clean and beat cloth were driven. The historical events of the village are still recounted by its architecture: imposing 13th-century walls enclose the historic centre, which can be accessed through three well-preserved original gates. The heart of the hamlet has narrow streets and low houses and houses buildings of great value, such as the Palazzo Pretorio, the bell tower, a 17th-century marble well and the Romanesque parish church of San Leonardo. Not to be missed, on 8 December, is the event that combines typical flavours and tradition: "Would you like a drop of Vin Santo?" is an opportunity for visitors to be welcomed into the cellars, tasting this precious nectar as the ancient local hospitality dictates.
Ufficio Turistico Via Ansano Landucci, 30, 53049 Montefollonico (SI) tel. 0577 179 3173