Montalcino is a beautiful village of Tuscany immersed in the breathtaking Val d’Orcia Natural Park, famous all over the world for the production of its precious Brunello red wine. This beautifull town has scarcely changed in appearance since the 16th century.
When you come up to the town , then begins one magical spectacle for your eyes: rolling sunny hills, scenic country roads winding through perfect vineyards, picturesque olive groves.
One of the world’s best and most appreciated Italian wines its Brunello wine. Montalcino was already famous for its red wines during the 15th century. But, the formula of the fantastic Brunello wine was invented in 1888 by Ferruccio Biondi Santi. Brunelo wine is 100 % of Sangiovese grapes. Before the Brunello is ready, it must age for 5 years take place in oak barrels, while the Rosso of Montalcino is ready after 2 year of aging.
Amongst the many wine producers in the area you will find Biondi-Santi, Banfi, Casanova di Neri, Barbi and many others. Montalcino have also very rich in artistic treasures.
Your tour in the city can begin with Rocca or fortress, built in 1361 to mark the passage of Montalcino under the domination of Siena. The views from its walls are spectacular, stretching towards Monte Amiata, across the Crete to Siena,and across all of the Val D’orcia and the hills of Maremma. The fortress has practically intact since the Middle Ages and offers a excellent place for festivals,concerts and of course the famous Jazz & Wine Festival held in July each year, where you might combine the pleasure of listening to fine Italian and international jazz music with drinking of very good wine!
After the fortress you can walk to the main square known as Piazza del Popolo, dominated slender clock tower that graces the Palazzo dei Prior.
Also worth visiting are the churches of Sant’ Agostino, Sant’ Egidio ,San Francesco and the Palazzo Vescovile. For the museum lovers, we recommend a mandatory tour of the Museo Civico and Diocesano di Arte Sacra, hosting notable religious paintings and sculptures. Also, we recommend to visit Museo del Vetro (Glass Museum) that tells the history of glass making.
The streets of Montalcino are very beautiful with their stone tiles and all village is a wonderful place to stroll around among the labyrinth of charming arts and crafts shops, restaurants and wine bars.
Take some time to fully enjoy the special medieval atmosphere of this magnificent Tuscan hilltop town. Walk slowly through its narrow and characteristic alleys offering extraordinary views over the underlying valley.
For relax with a glass of the delicious red wine, we strongly recommend the wine bar inside the fortress, which has an excellent selection of wines and friendly staff.