The meaning of Monselice may perhaps derive from “mons silicis” (stone mountain in Latin), or to be more precise, Mons Silicis (flint hill) because of the local flint quarries. The earliest settlements in the hills date back to prehistory. Numerous finds prove that the place was inhabited since prehistory which developed between the Bronze and Iron Ages. The favourable position, at the junction of important land and water routes, was ideal for the early development of local culture. As an urban centre Monselice goes back to the 5th – 6th century AD when a Byzantine fortification grew on the hill of La Rocca, a site of great strategic importance for defence.
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