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Montevecchia a piece of Tuscany

Posted by Ciro Ianniello on November 6, 2016
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The history of Montevecchia began long time ago. It begins in Roman times, when the place was a signal tower. It seems that the name takes evidence of this look-Operating: ‘Mons Vigiliarum’.

From “Mount of the Watchtower” would be derived Montaegia / Montavegia, and finally Montevecchia.

The Brianza view from above, the green, tranquility and understated elegance and relaxing are some of the Montevecchia Alta pleasantries. The town is an ideal destination for a day trip. Stroll willingly among the houses on the hill, between the vines and the paths of the Curone Valley Park. The little idyll of the village belong also its simple and tasty treats, the cheese of cow’s or goat’s milk. It is worth to taste them, perhaps accompanied by a platter of cold cuts. Today, from the balcony of Montevecchia Alta you are also seen a profile which we must not yet be fully used. Just arrived, in fact, happen to find yourself facing other people, in groups of two or three, each pointing with his finger in the distance, trying to figure out what and where the other thinks it’s the shape with the tip or the bell in the first plan. After a busy confabulation than a few minutes, that gradually we will share together, all agree that yes, that is precisely Milan, with ‘Unicredit Tower and Isozaki tower (on clear days you can even get to see the Duomo from Milan). In the town, as well as romantic and ancient inns, there is a small square made of typical houses with stone walls that face the street paved with cobblestones, where a balcony gives a fantastic view of the Lombard plain.

Also it will inspire the striking and bold staircase of 181 steps leading to the baroque sanctuary of Nostra Vergine del Carmelo.

From the south side of Villa Agnesi salt fresh staircase lined with linden trees and privet.

About three-quarter length, the “holy stairs” is intersected by a large flat path, which surrounds the top of the hill at the base of the architectural complex, in the form of ring.

This trail is popularly called “Via Crucis” because it bordered on the outer perimeter, from old-growth cypress trees and sixteen kiosks in sandstone, containing as many eighteenth-century sculptures in high relief, depicting traditional scenes of the Via Crucis, made by the parish priest Giuseppe Antonio Villa. By circular balcony of the Cross and, even more, from the terrace above which lies on the former rectory, to the west, the view sweeps on degrading the underlying plateaus, verdant vine rows, rosemary and sage herb; on brianzoli bell, and, down, down, on the plains of Lombardy to Milan, the Baradello, to torrazzo of Cremona, the horizon of Colleoni; and, further north, to the pre-Alpine hills of S. Genesio, Valcava, to the Manzoniane peaks Lecco …. to the enchanting snowy circle that includes Adamello, Bernina, Rosa, Cervino and Monte Bianco; and, there in the background over the Linate airport, against the “beautiful sky of Lombardy, so beautiful when it is beautiful” – according to the well-known praise of Manzoni – the purple line of the Apennines.

Already at the beginning of the thirteenth century on the hill there was a church dedicated to St. John the Baptist in Montaegia, as evidenced by Goffredo from Bussero (1222-1289?). Between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was built, probably on the ruins of the previous church damaged by fire, the present temple, again as a parish church dedicated to St. John the Beheaded; patroness, the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel. The entrance steps, only pedestrian street, with the last flight introduces under the breezy porch with four granite columns; It invites to walk the gallery that extends the churchyard on the northeast side of the building, above the Via Crucis; It suggests a first comprehensive assessment of the entire complex. Architecturally, the Sanctuary is the oldest baroque style, with a single nave, five rectangular bays covered with cross vaults, arches with three centers. Inside you can admire paintings, wooden sculptures and paintings all dating back to 600′-700 ‘.

A visit is recommended at the Garden of Eve, a botanical path with more than 500 plant species in a natural environment of great landscape interest on top of the Montevecchia hill, beneath the Shrine of the Blessed Virgin, with views of the Brianza.

Or you can enter the Villa Agnesi: was built in the early ‘700, and in fact the entrance portal and wrought iron balcony above, as the staircase, from the balustrade carved garlands in putti, rococo are clear references. It ‘been preserved beautiful Italian garden. The Villa was also owned by Pietro Agnesi, father of Maria Gaetana Agnesi, great Italian philosopher and author of important texts on mathematical analysis at a time when it was difficult for women to make a career in science. It deserves a mention also the Collection Museum of Wine and Farming Civilization in Brianza: the small museum space, private, houses a collection of agricultural tools and a set of tools and machines for the production of wine; It has been set up after a long and careful research that has allowed the recovery of from winery tools, work and daily life. The museum is the most significant example of the area’s history and traditional, age-old wine production of Montevecchia.

Moreover Montevecchia, at its famous peculiarity related to climatic conditions, in fact on top of the country the climate turns out to be different than all of its neighbors: the difference is usually about 2 degrees in summer and winter.

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