The Center for the Culture of Wine I Lecci di Montespertoli in the province of Florence is much more than a museum. It is a structure immersed in the gentle reliefs of the Tuscan hills, among vineyards and olive groves, where you have the opportunity to discover up close and through the story of expert hands the entire production cycle of the vine, from the ground to the cellar.
Baron Sidney Sonnino is considered one of the leading figures in Italian history at the turn of 1800 and early 1900. He would dwell in the castle for long periods of time.
The Sonnino Castle in Montespertoli is a place rich in history and at the same time a perfectly preserved agricultural / wine company, overlooking the hills of Chianti Fiorentino, only 20. Km. From Florence, on the road to San Gimignano and Volterra.
Cino Cinelli, the seventh of ten children, was born on 9 February 1916 in a country house in Montespertoli. Cino and his two older brothers Arrigo and Giotto usually cycle several kilometers every day to go to school and their competitive nature transforms what should have been a routine shift into a daily cycling race.
The museum dedicated to Amedeo Bassi (Montespertoli, 1872-1949) and set up in the heart of the historic center of Montespertoli, collects the tenor’s memorabilia that in recent decades have been donated to the Municipality by the heirs and the many enthusiasts.
Don Lorenzo Milani (Florence 1923-1967) is closely linked to the history of the Italian school system but also to the Municipality of Montespertoli. In fact, he spent much of his life, before and after his conversion, in the territory of this Chianti town.
The farm on the hills around the castle of Poppiano was for centuries the center of agricultural activity of the Guicciardinis who, although involved in the public life of Florence, always looked after their possessions in the countryside.
Located just outside the old town of Montespertoli and housed in the rectory of the historic Pieve di San Piero in Mercato, the museum exhibits works of art, sculptures, furnishings and jewellery of various ages, coming from the local churches.