WALKING AND OUT-AND-ABOUT IN MONTONE
One of the great pleasures of living in Montone is the opportunity to walk about the town, exploring the nooks and crannies that have been accumulating over the past several hundred years. After dinner and a quick snifter at l'Antica Osteria or Aries Café we walk out most nights, skulking through the village and scaring the locals. A particular favourite is the old garrison next to il Parco della Rimembranza from which we look over the lights of nearby Umbertide to Monte Acuto or, in the other direction, towards the Apennine Mountains. Other favourites are Via dell'Ospedale which, in parts, is one of the darkest places in a built-up area in the developed world and the little garden and terrace adjoining Chiesa San Francesco.
During the day it's a different matter. We enjoy many different walks in the countryside, over distances ranging from five to 16 kilometres. Our favourites are the 12-kilometre circuit on tarred roads via Pieve di San Gregorio and the 16-kilometre out-and-back trip on dirt roads to Pieve de' Saddi. Most days we're able to walk in whichever direction takes our fancy but on Wednesdays and Saturdays we stick to the tarred roads - to avoid i cacciatori - the hunters - on the prowl for the wild boars called cinghiali. The countryside is beautiful all year round and, just to prove it, we provide a few illustrative photographs.
While we're on the subject of walking we may as well provide a little information about the weather in Montone. Certainly, we are asked often enough "What's the weather like at that time of year?" to have made it worth our time to do a bit of research into Montone's monthly temperature and rainfall statistics. Below are the fruits of our research.