Montalcino is a picturesque hilltop town in southern Tuscany, about 50 km from Siena and 40 km from Montepulciano.
The name surely rings a bell: Montalcino is home to one of the most prestigious and delicious red wines, the award-winning Brunello di Montalcino.
But there's more than one reason to visit this lovely Tuscan town. Here's a quick list of things to do and see in Montalcino.
Sightseeing and shopping in Montalcino, Tuscany
Montalcino has barely changed since the Middle Ages. There are many beautifully preserved Medieval buildings within the city walls and the streets are exactly as you'd expect them to be: narrow, steep and evocative.
What's more, they're lined with art and craft shops, enoteche crammed with bottles of delicious wines, and botteghe selling local produce and delicacies such as honey, pecorino cheese and salumi (cured meat).
After wondering the charming alleys, consider visiting the impressive 14th-century fortress, located on the highest point of the city.
Once you get there, walk around the ramparts for sweeping views of the area. Endless green fields, rolling sunny hills dotted vineyards, olive groves, and cypress trees... It's Val d'Orcia in all its glory.
Wine-tasting in Montalcino, Tuscany
When it comes to wine, in Montalcino you’ll be spoilt for choice.
There are plenty of enoteche (wine bars) where you can taste the best Tuscan wines that are produced in this area:
- the precious Brunello di Montalcino, aged for a minimum of 5 years, two of which in oak barrels;
- Rosso di Montalcino, the younger sibling of Brunello that requires only one year of ageing;
- Moscadello di Montalcino, a sweet white dessert wine.
If you wish to dive right in Montalcino vineyards and top wineries, you might want to take a private wine tour !
Art and culture in Montalcino
- The Museo Civico e Diocesano, a former convent, displays archeological artifacts and a gorgeous collection of 13th-15th century masterpieces by artists of the Sienese School of painting, such as Bartolo di Fredi, Ambrogio Lorenzetti and Simone Martini. You’ll also find terracotta statues by Andrea della Robbia;
- the ancient 12th-century Romanesque abbey of Sant’Antimo stands within easy reach in an outstanding context of magical beauty. Legend has it that Charlemagne himself founded it...
- if you happen to be near Montalcino in July, don’t miss Montalcino Jazz and Wine, a festival featuring international artists that takes place in Montalcino fortress.
For more ideas on what to do in Montalcino...
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