Monticchiello, a Medieval hamlet in close proximity to Pienza, is a must for travellers. It’s strong outside walls and the keep’s tower on top of the hill is a clear sign of its intense and active past, as part of the Republic of Siena’s defensive perimeter. With the fall of the Sienese Republic in 1559, Monticchiello fell under the control of the Medici family, losing autonomy and power until the year 1777, when it joined Pienza as part of its territory.
It is noticeable that The Church of Santi Leonardo e Cristoforo is without decorative elements, which stands as proof of the intense past of this hamlet. During its restoration in 1933, frescoes were found painted in the Sienese style dating back to the fourteenth and fifteenth Centuries.