A fairytale walled village, high on a hill, medieval Montalcino is a beautiful base for touring Tuscany. Sample the region's famous Brunello di Montalcino wine while enjoying views of Cyprus trees, orchards and vineyards in the countryside below. Visit elegant wine estates and vineyards, and soak up the ancient atmosphere of the historic village as you stroll the cobbled streets.
A haven of wine and culture hidden away in the Tuscan countryside.
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HISTORY & CULTURE
Make your way through Montalcino's historic centre to soak up the beauty of 13th-century Italy. Medieval walls and fortresses still surround the village, which boasts a 14th-century cathedral and many museums. The Museum of Montalcino houses archaeological finds from the region, as well as medieval and contemporary art. Charming stone streets are home to boutiques, galleries and an impressive clock tower above the town hall.
FOOD & WINE
With over 200 wineries, Montalcino is known for its oak-aged Brunello di Montalcino wine. Sip a glass in the Tuscan sunshine while you dine on fresh olives, cured meats and rich cheeses from the region. Montalcino may be tiny, but it’s home to welcoming bars and restaurants where you can easily while away the hours with delicious food and good company.
Montalcino is surrounded by beautiful countryside, including the UNESCO-protected D'Orcia Valley Park. Beyond Orcia, it's easy to visit Tuscany's vineyards, as well as historic Siena and cultural Florence. But you needn't go far to experience the tastes and aromas of some of Tuscany's best wines. Just outside Montalcino village are rich cellars and estates that have been aging the region's famous Brunello di Montalcino since the 1800s.
Just beyond Montalcino, visit the Romanesque Abbey of Sant'Antimo, where mass still includes haunting Gregorian chants.
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