Benvenuti / Welcome to
Atina and the Val di Comino
The small village of Montattico sits above Casalattico, at a height of 700 meters, and has commanding panoramic views of the Val di Comino.
It takes its name from the Roman, Titus Pomponius Atticus (109 BC -
Back in 1837 Montattico was struck by a devastating outbreak of cholera which claimed the lives of many of the local inhabitants, causing great suffering and despair. On July 29th of that year the local people got together and formed a solemn procession of penance through the streets of the town and beseeched the Madonna della Pace to release them from this terrible pestilence. They walked barefoot, with a rope around their necks and each wearing a crown of thorns. It is said that their prayers were answered and that from that day forward there were no more cases of cholera in the village.
The Church of the Madonna della Pace and a local chapel in the village of Montattico.
In the village there are the remains of a Medieval tower and in the surrounding countryside there are several well preserved wells that were created by the local farmers and herdsmen for the collection of precious rainwater. There are also many interesting mountain trails to follow.
Emigration also took a toll on the number of inhabitants of Montattico, with many of the local people departing overseas in search of a new life. However in the summer months many native families return to the village of their roots.
From Montattico a road climbs a tortuous route to a tiny backwater, the small hamlet
of Monforte. This place takes its name from Lord Charles Forte, a renowned British
caterer and hotelier who was born here. In 1911 his poor peasant family, and he
aged just four years of age, emigrated to Scotland to work in the ice-
The hamlet of Monforte.
The church of Sant’Antonio di Padova in Monforte. The feast day of the village’s patron saint is celebrated on the 13th June each year.
Below is a photo taken outside the church of La Madonna del Pace of the Madonna de Canneto. While the Santuario di Canneto was undergoing repair, the Madonna went on tour around all the villages of the Val di Comino.
photo © Silvana Macari
A winter view over the mountains from Montattico.