Middle Ages

The oldest part of the Fattoria del Colle is an underground cavern described in the XIIth and XIVth century “Decimari” as “Ermitorum S.Egidii de Querciola”.

Today it houses an extremely precious collection: Donatella Cinelli Colombini’s early bottles of Brunello di Montalcino Donatella’s paternal forefathers who built the Fattoria del Colle belonged to an important Sienese family, the Sozzini or Socini.  The most prominent figure was Mariano Sozzino (1397-1467) whose secretary was Enea Silvio Piccolomini later to become Pope Pius II, who dedicated his book to Mariano: “A Tale of Two lovers”. A book that appears to hint at a love affair between the secretary and the wife of the rather small and ugly Mariano.