If you love breathtaking, classic Tuscan views, you are sure to love Montalcino.
A medieval town with origins in the fourteenth-century, made famous for the production of Brunello wine, Montalcino, is on par with Pienza and one of the most characteristic and famous villages of the Val d’Orcia..

Situated at the top of the hill, 564 meters above sea level, it enjoys a 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding landscape, which is characterized by dense woodland alongside sweeping fields of vine and olive tree cultivation.

The town center dates back to the 10th century, was developed over the years through periods of peace and war, and reached its present size in the 14th century.

Montalcino is rich in history. Its position on the ancient Via Francigena transformed it into a military city. With it’s imposing defense walls, it was the last bastion of the Republic of Siena. More than 4 km of walls and towers, plus six gates surround this city that rests on the perimeter of Sienese territory.

There are many things you can see while walking through the streets of the town. Tourists love the historic atmosphere.

Important sites include the “Rocca di Montalcino,” built in 1361 by architects Domenico de Feonel and Mino Foresi using the 13th century walls of the Bastione di San Martino. It has a pentagonal plan, an example of Tuscan military architecture. Perhaps it’s most striking feature is the courtyard and the views it offers.
In present day, the courtyard hosts the “Enotecca della Fortezza” where you can taste the most prestigious vintages of Brunello.

Towards the center of the village, you will find the “Palazzo dei Priori” within the “Piazza del Popolo” notable for it’s many heraldic coats of arms representing the many mayors who have governed the city for centuries.

If you are an art lover, I suggest you visit the il “Museo Civico e Diocesano d’Arte Sacra di Montalcino.” Inside this former convent of Sant’Agostino, you will find the complete evolution of the artistic and local production of sculptures, paintings, illuminated manuscripts made from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century.

Outside the walls of the historic center, but an important tourist destination none-the-less is the “Abbadia di San’Antimo.” An example of Romanesque-French architecture in Italy, the building enjoys a breathtaking view of the surroundings countryside. Still active as monastery, it is possible observe the Benedictine monks practicing Gregorian Chants.

Montalcino’s wealth is substantial and secured many centuries ago. In the heart of the most important grape growing areas, and due to the presence of Sangiovese vineyards from which the famous Brunello di Montalcino is made this area hosts a treasured resource. Other DOC wines such as Rosso di Montalcino and Sant’Antimo are also well-known.

In 2017, when it joined with the municipality of neighboring San Giovanni d’Asso, the increased land area made it the 35th largest municipality in Italy, the 5th in Tuscany, and the 1st in the Provincia di Siena.

If you are interested in learning more or have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Write me an e-mail and I will be glad to help you.
I wish you a colorful day. . .
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