Montalcino is a fabulous village south of Siena, almost fairy-tale, surrounded by strong walls and dominated by an ancient beautiful castle.
Montalcino, west of Pienza, has remained virtually untouched since the 16th century, a historic city surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the Val’Orcia Natural Park.
A place renowned around the world for the extraordinary production of the precious Brunello di Montalcino wine, whose secret is in the formula invented in 1888 by Ferruccio Biondi Santi. Mr Biondi Santi for first had the idea of eliminating the vineyards of the traditional recipe of Chianti (other Tuscany excellence), such as Canaiolo and Colorino, using only the Sangiovese variety. The perfection of a typical product known and appreciated all over the world for its quality, its taste and its excellence.
The old fortress in the city has remained practically untouched by the Middle Ages and is often the scene for festivals, events and concerts.
One of the events is the famous Jazz & Wine Festival, which takes place every July to July, where they combine the pleasure of listening to Italian jazz music, international and good drinking!
The view that is enjoyed by the fortress ramparts is spectacular: from Mount Amiata, through the Val d’Orcia to the hills of Maremma.
Once you reach the hill of Montalcino, the view is spectacular: isolated, with a continuous stream of sinuous hills pointing here and there with yellow and red flowers, ancient oaks, picturesque olive trees as Landscape Roads Wind through vintages and harmonious cypresses.
Experience the special medieval atmosphere of this magnificent Tuscan village by walking slowly for its narrow streets, offering a wonderful view of the valley below and then sit back and relax while tasting a glass of unsurpassed red wine: the Brunello.
As the rest of Tuscany, Montalcino is not just wine, it is also art and culture. The historic center is dominated by the mighty Fortress of a.d. 1361 as a sign of the passage of the city under the rule of Siena; once again the rich history of Tuscany comes back through the events that between Florence and Siena gave birth to these fabulous and perfectly preserved strongholds.
Another attraction of Montalcino is the characteristic narrow and long tower of the Palazzo dei Priori, overlooking the main square known as Piazza del Popolo, with its beautiful Gothic loggia. Also visit the Bishop’s Palace and the churches of Sant’Agostino, Sant’Egidio and San Francesco.
Also place to visit is the Civic and Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art and the Glass Museum.
In the area you can also see the Abbey of Sant’Antimo only a few minutes from Montalcino.
The small streets and alleys of Montalcino are truly unique and the village is the ideal place to stroll through shops, art galleries, typical Tuscan products, made with high quality and attention to details.
Finally you can also sit at a bar or cafe, appreciate italian food in the restaurants or just relax like to be ……..in paradise.