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Montalcino


Montalcino is one of the most famous town in Tuscany. It is located about 40 kilometres from Siena and about 1 hour and a half drive from Florence.

Montalcino is well known for its wine, Brunello di Montalcino, which is also called the “king” of Tuscan wines.

In addition to wine, this small hill town offers wonderful landscapes typical of Tuscany and a beautiful historical centre with its imposing fortress of the XIV century, once also used to defend the independence of the Republic of Siena. 

Montalcino is situated 564 meters above sea level and the village retains its medieval charm. Its territory is part of the park of the Val d’Orcia and is covered with vineyards, olive groves and woods.

The first significant presence in the territory is linked to the archaeological site of Poggio Civitella, which preserves Etruscan settlements.

Simply walking along the streets veisotrs can find many buildings such as the wall that still has the antique doors, the City Hall, the famous arcades of the Piazza del Popolo, the neo-classical style Cathedral, the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso, the church of Sant’Egidio and many other historical monuments.

In Montalcino the last Sunday of October, it takes place the “Sagra del Tordo” and each August the “Torneo di Apertura delle Cacce”, a fair which provides an archery tournament between the 4 districts of the city (Borghetto , Painelli, Ruga and Travaglio) in remembrance of the wild boar hunting typical of medieval times.There also is the costume parade accompanied by music and folk dancing.

In Montalcino visitors can eat and taste wines from the area in the many enoteca and restaurants within the city.

Traditional restaurant, which give great importance to DOC wines, washed down with local products such as Pecorino Toscano with honey and sausages.

In the maze of alleys there are craft shops, small cafes and shops of typical food products (in addition to wine is famous the local honey and some biscuits, called “dead bones“).

Only 9 kilometres far from Montalcino it is also possible to admire Sant’Antimo, which is one of the main tourist attractions of Tuscany for its architectural interest. Here there is one of the most beautiful churches in Tuscan Romanesque style.

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