Montone is one of my favourite places in Italy. I love going there with my friends who live close by and just watching the villagers go through their daily routine which always seems to include a stop in the cafe for a expresso and chat. It is a central hub of the community, a place to catch up on the news, while away the day, see old friends, learn when the local cheese will be ready etc.
It is stunning in its beauty as well, from the moment you enter the inner wall their is a myriad of small streets to explore and take you to an even higher elevation to get the best views of the valley below.
Instead of rehashing the history here is a the entry from Wikipedia followed by my images:-
Montone is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Perugia in the Italian region Umbria, located about 35 km north of Perugia. Montone is a walled medieval village with a small industrial and housing estate surrounding the walled town center. The town is the origin of the Fortebracci condottieri family, whose most famous member was Braccio da Montone.
Believed to be of Medieval origins, Montone appears in the tenth century as a fiefdom of the Margravate of Colle and subsequently of the Del Monte family. By 1121 Montone, now under the direct control of Perugia, was authorized to be self-governing under its own statutes and legal officers.
In 1414 it was given to Braccio da Montone. His family held it until the early 16th century, when the Vitelli acquired it. Later in the century it was annexed to the Papal States.