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MONTALCINO:    Country : Italy |  Region: Tuscany |  Province: Siena
Population: 6210 | Altitude 564 mt a.s.l  | Zip code 53041 | Area code 0577
Distance form
Siena 42 km ;  Pienza 24 km; Florence 112 km ; Rome 190 km

 
     
 

 Town information

 
 

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 surrounding valleys.

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. 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 Montalcino.

 
     
 

 Sights to see and things to do

 
  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.
 
 
Nearby localities: Camigliano, Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Monte Amiata, Sant'Angelo in Colle, Sant'Angelo Scalo, Sant'Antimo (Abbey), Torrenieri.
 
 

 Events and festivals in MONTALCINO

 
  Weekly market: Friday morning
Religious feast: May 7 - 8
 
 

 Getting there

 
 
By Train :
  The closest railway station are Torrenieri or Chiusi train stations Train schedules

By Air : International flights to Rome, Pisa or Florence.


 

 

 

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