Best known for its small but stylish annual international film festival, held each July, Montone is a
particularly fine example of a well-preserved medieval hill town. The main square, where the films are
screened, is called Piazza Fortebraccia, after the 15th century condottiero, Braccio di Fortebraccia. His
home fortress, the Rocca d'Aries, once dominated the town. Today, only the ruins remain. The rest of
this ancient town - TV arials and satellite dishes notwithstanding - is gloriously, defiantly intact; a
veritable finger in the eye of the incompetents we refer to as town planners throughout the developed
world in the 21st century. Montone is, quite simply, what a proper town should look like. Don't miss it,
you'll love it.
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Montone is a natural fortress with a
upper Tiber valley and the town of
Umbertide. During the second world
war - on 6/7th July 1944, the town
was the site of a vicious little battle
between the retreating Germans and
the advancing allies. The colours of
the (British) Kings Own Royal
Regiment (Lancaster) bear the battle
honour "Montone" thanks to the well
planned and executed flanking action
of the 1st Battalion that secured the
town. B and C companies conducted
the assault with C company given the
unenviable task of clearing the town.
This they did, street by street, with a
lot of small arms damage to buildings
but with remarkably few casualties.
The final toll from the battle was 20
Germans killed, 85 captured. The
KORR lost 5 killed and 23 wounded.
The commanding officer, Lt. Colonel
Richard Anderson, was awarded the
DSO for his leadership of the attack
on what had been considered a key
German defensive position.