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Montalcino is a walled hilltop town in Tuscany lying in a very good
position at 564 m above sea level. It enjoys splendid views of the
The landscape is characterized by stark rolling hills marked by winding
roads lined with dark cypresses and fortified towns, but among the most
important features, are the numerous acres of vineyards from which some of
Tuscany's most esteemed red wines are produced, Brunello di Montalcino and
Rosso di Montalcino.
Brunello Wine DOCG
Rosso di Montalcino DOC
Brunello di Montalcino DOCG is a great red wine of Tuscany. Brunello is
a local term referring to the grape variety sangiovese. These wines are
of superior quality and limited production. Intense, concentrated and
tannic, they tend to require long aging. They comes onto the market five
years after the harvest
A valid alternative to Brunello wine is represented by Rosso di
Montalcino a younger wine that combines special attributes of vivacity
and freshness with a superb structure. Rosso di Montalcino is brilliant
and limpid to the eye, with a composite ruby red colour. The wine should
be served at a temperature of about 18-20 degrees Centigrade
The climate and nature of the soil also favores the cultivation of olive
groves, producing an excellent olive oil with a refined taste. Mushrooms,
truffles, pecorino cheese, salami and honey crown the gastronomic offer of
In the Rocca (fortress) by the five polygonal towers, the "Standard"
painted by Sodoma for the last defenders of the Sienese Republic can still
be seen. The Enoteca la Fortezza, wine-tasting shop, located below, is a
great place to sample the local Brunello and Rosso wines.
The Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) is a brick and stone building with a
very fine 13th century tower.
Museo Civico and Diocesano d'Arte Sacra di Montalcino - via Ricasoli,
31 - Montalcino. This new museum is located in the convent of Sant'Agostino.
Principal works include paintings by Luca di Tommè, Bartolo di Fredi, Andrea
di Bartolo, Sano di Pietro, Benvenuto di Giovanni, Girolamo di Benvenuto,
Segna di Bonaventura, Guidoccio Cozzarelli, Sodoma and Bartolomeo Neroni,
Della Robbia terracottas (15th C), two celebrated miniated bibles, one of
which is from the 12th century, as well as, an important group of
polychromic statues by Sienese artists of the 14th and 15th centuries. The
Museums also host several archaeological finds from the Neolithic, Bronze
and Iron Ages, and from Etruscan and Roman tombs.
Duomo di San Salvatore:
The inside has three barrel-vaulted naves and includes the Immaculate
Conception of 1588 by Francesco Vanni, John the Baptist by Ventura Salimbeni,
statues of Saint John and the archangel Michael by Antonio Rossi.
Church of Sant'Agostino - Piazza Sant'Agostino
A 14th century Romanesque-Gothic church with a west front decorated with a
marble rose window and elegant black and white marble doorway. It is shaped
like a single nave and is frescoed by Sienese artists with scenes of the
Passion of Christ and the life of St. Augustine.
Church of St. Egidio: Romanesque and Gothic church built in 1325.
Inside the church preserves a nice 16th century's nice tabernacle and a
fresco of "Madonna and Child".
Church of Madonna del Soccorso -
Built in the 17th century, it is a church with a neoclassical travertine
facade. The church features three interior naves. The exquisite Baroque
altar dates from 1621. The Assumption of the Virgin Mary by Vincenzo di San
Gimignano is to the right of the altar and on the left is a Calvary by
Francesco Vanni. Other significant works include a Sacred Family by Rutilio
Manetti and two wooden statues by Antonio Manetti.
How to get to Montalcino:
By Car: About 45 km from the Val di Chiana exit of the A1 Motorway and about
55 km from the Chiusi/Chianciano exit. Take the Cassia State Road 2 (SR 2)
and follow the signs.
From Siena take the Cassia State Road 2 (SR 2) south of Siena, and 1 km
after the village of Buonconvento there is a cross roads: turn right and
follow the signs.
By Train: The closest railway station is Chiusi train station:
By Air: International flights to Rome, Milan, Florence or Pisa.
The closest airport is Siena - Ampugnano Airport (only domestic flights).