Alberese | Parco Naturale delle Maremma



Colline Metallifere

la costa Toscana

         Walking along the Tuscan coast

Crete Senesi

Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

         Walking in the Crete Senesi



Montagnola Senese

         Walking in the Montagnola senese


Monte Amiata





          Fonti di Siena



Val d'Elsa

          San Gimignano

Val d'orcia




          San Quirico d'Orcia


          Walking in the Val d'Orcia

Val di Chiana



Valle d'Ombrone








Walking in Tuscany

Montalcino, Province of Siena, Tuscany, Italy

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Montalcino [1]


Cycling trails  

Giro di Brunello di Montalcino


With its medieval villages and cypress-lined avenues winding through vineyards, southern Tuscany is the perfect place for a relaxing guided walking or cycling holiday. Casa Vacanze Podere Santa Pia is located in a strategic position, on a hill overlooking both the Val d'Orcia and the Valle d’Ombrone. A winding scenic road, just outside the village of Castiglioncello Bandini, is leading to this former cloister, hidden in a seduced valley.
There are many things to do in this fascinating oasis of nature and culture. Numerous towns and villages offer a treasure trove of history and art waiting to be discovered. Hiking in the beautiful surrounding hills is a perfect choice. We also selected some memorable mtb trails a little further away in the Val d'Orcia, where you can walk or cycle through some of the most famous wine growing areas of Europe, the Brunello di Montalcino wine-region.

The giro di Brunello

The Giro di Brunello is situated north of Podere Santa Pia and starts a little outside the urban center of Montalcino, near Poggio Civitella on the SP14, the provincial road Traversa dei Monti. Just ahead of the Agriturismo Le Ragnaie there is a dirt road (strada bianca), which is the starting point of our itinerary. There is also a small car park.


Monte Amiata - panoramio (1)

Brunello di Montalcino vineyards, Montalcino (2)


The trail

Along the strada bianca or dirt road starting in front of La Regnaie, you pass Podere il Cocco. Just before arriving at Villa a Tolli, you turn left for a fairly challenging stretch (presence of many stones and holes) downhill. After a few km, you arrive at the Abbey of Sant"Antimo, the route laps it for a good stretch, then continue towards Castelnuovo Abate. Once up to the village you go down to resume a smooth white road that after about 9 km leads to Sant'Angelo in Colle. After having gone up to the village, it comes down again but before entering the SP140, turn left onto a narrow road with signs towards Tenuta Il Poggione. After about 2 km, pay attention, turn right onto a narrower road, bounded at its entrance by a bar (usually open). The detour is not well known but is still about fifty meters before the turn towards Tenuta Il Poggione. This stretch takes us through beautiful vineyards and oaks until you cross again the SP140 that is only crossed, to immediately take the climb (dirt) that leads to Argiano. Here it is possible to make a short detour to see the homonymous Castle (private), as well as the beautiful stately villa of the estate. Continue for 3/4 km along this dirt road until you cross the SP117 provincial road la Maremmana. Turn left and then immediately right towards the municipal road of Camignano. After about 2 km you turn right again along a dirt road to the Castel Giocondo estate. You still climb steadily and decisively for about 5 km, passing Lamaione and Carrione and arriving at Poggio Nacciarello. From there, turn right onto the provincial road SP103 (dirt road) of Castiglion del Bosco which will take you about 5 km to the SP14 - Provincial Road Traversa dei Monti. We will then turn right and return after a couple of km to the starting point.(3)

Giro del Brunello, sentiero nei bellissimi vigneti di Brunello di Montalcin | View map on Alltrails| Map by poderesantapia | Giro del Brunello


Poggio Civitella

Poggio Civitella is a hill of 661 meters s.l.m. in Val d'Orcia, two kilometers from Montalcino, which owes its name to the presence in the Etruscan age of a village, buried under the walls of a fortress.

Where to eat

There are good restaurants in the surroundings of Montalcino. A good selection of restaurants can be found here.
Sant’Angelo in Colle host two excellent restaurants, Il Pozzo and Il Leccio, and in Sant'Angelo Scalo we find da Pino or Caffè Sant'Angelo, one of the best spots for delicious everyday fare. Locanda Demetra is a recent discovery and certainly a good choice, as is Il Galletto di Camigliano.


The Abbey of Sant'Antimo

The Abbey of Sant'Antimo is a beautiful and evocative Romanesque church and monastery, built in the 12th century. It is a evocative and mystic place, and the interior of the church is really impressive. 


Abbey of Sant'Antimo near Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy

The magical moment when the first glimpses of the Abbey of Sant'Antimo appear [2]


Brunello di Montalcino vineti e Monte Amiata   Chiesa in Villa a Tolli   Villa a Tolli, chiesa

Brunello di Montalcino vineti e Monte Amiata


Chiesa in Villa a Tolli

Villa a Tolli, Chiesa


Brunello wineries along the track

You can enjoy some exclusive wine tours and tasting experiences in the valleys below Montalcino. The area of Sant’Angelo in Colle comprises some of Brunello’s leading estates such as Banfi, Argiano, La Poderina, Lisini and Tenuta Il Poggione.
Plan in advance to arrange a visit to one of these great Brunello wineries in the surroundings of Castelnuovo dell’Abate or on the way to Sant'Angelo in Colle and Tavernelle. A map with some of the most particular wineries on the southern slopes of Montalcino can be found here.

Map of the Brunello di Montalcino region | Member companies of the DOCG Brunello di Montalcino



Giro di Brunello di Montalcino, Mbt escursione tra i vigneti del Brunello


Montalcino and Brunello Vineyards


Montalcino, Panorama   Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, Percorso Montalcino - Abbazia di Sant’Antimo - Bagno Vignoni   Brunello di Montalcino vineyards



  Percorso Montalcino - Abbazia di Sant’Antimo - Bagno Vignoni  

Some of the most particular estates of the Brunello di Montalcino territory


Castello Banfi, Montalcino


Pieve di San Sigismondo a Poggio alle Mura, Montalcino

  Pieve di San Sigismondo a Poggio alle Mura, Poggio alle Mura

Castello Banfi, Montalcino




Pieve di San Sigismondo a Poggio alle Mura, Montalcino


  Pieve di San Sigismondo a Poggio alle Mura, Poggio alle Mura

Photo album Abbey of Sant'Antimo


Castelnuovo dell'abate, veduta   Abbazia di Sant'Antimo - 08   Abbazia di Sant'Antimo - 12
Castelnuovo dell'Abate  

L'Abbazia di Sant'Antimo (Montalcino) [1]



Anello Abbazia di Sant'Antimo


Abbazia di Sant'Antimo - 26 - Il crocifisso dell'altare maggiore   Abbazia di Sant'Antimo - 39 - Primo piano del crocifisso dell'altare maggiore   Abbazia di Sant'Antimo - 53 - Il crocifisso e gli affreschi visti dal matroneo

Il crocifisso e gli affreschi visti dal matroneo


Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, capitello con daniele nella fossa dei leoni del Maestro di Cabestan   Abbazia di Sant'Antimo - 43 - Archi del matroneo   Abbazia di Sant'Antimo - 57 - La navata destra

Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, capitello con San Daniele nella fossa dei leoni,i del Maestro di Cabestany [2]



L'Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, Archi del matroneo [1]


   La navata destra [1]

AZ. AGR. CASANOVA DI NERI DI GIACOMO NERI | Podere Fiesole - SP 14 Via Traversa dei Monti, KM 31,800, 53024 Montalcino
Cantina perta dal lunedì al venerdì in orario 9.00 – 13.00 e 14.00 – 18.00. -
Tel. +39 0577 834455


  Cantina Casanova di Neri, Montalcino

Cantina Casanova di Neri, Montalcino

[1] Photo by trolvag, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link
[2] Photo by Terensky (Harold Ramire)z licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported  license. 
[2] Fonte: C.A.I Valdarno Superiore | GIRO DEL BRUNELLO (MONTALCINO)

Poggio Civitella | Etruscan and Italic Studies | Excavations at Poggio Civitella (Montalcino, Siena) 1993-1998

Since 1993, seasonal excavation have brought to the light Etruscan ruins belonging to the Archaic and the Hellenistic period. During the VI century B.C the area contained a village and then a fortress composed of three series of walls presumably abandoned during the III century B.C.


Walking in the Val d'Orcia

Walking through the gentle landscapes of the Val d'Orcia, enjoying the ancient spiritual route of the Via Francigena and other famous roads, you will have the impression of being part of a Renaissance painting. We prepared a helpful guide and selected some of the best itineraries.

Montalcino WALKING TRAILS | The best trials in the Val d'Orcia


Anello Abbey of Sant'Antimo
 | 7,53 km

Anello Montalcino - Abbey of Sant'Antimo | 24,07 km

Walking around Montalcino through the famous Brunello vineyards | 8,61 km

Walking from Montalcino to Sant'Antimo | 10,92 km

The best Val d'Orcia WALKING TRAILS

Walking in Tuscany | Walking From Montepulciano to Montefollonico

Walking in the Val d'Orcia | A Walk from Pienza to Cappella di Vitaleta | Spedaletto

Walking in Tuscany | Val d'Orcia

The best walking routes in Pienza, Tuscany | Anello Pienza - Cappella di Vitaleta San Quirico d'Orcia


Holiday accomodation in Tuscany

Podere Santa Pia lies on the hills overlooking the Valle d’Ombrone, a beautiful and miraculously intact valley in Southern Tuscany. Podere Santa Pia is a beautiful stone farmhouse only 2 km away from Castiglioncello Bandini. The main house is spacious, comfortable and well furnished and offers its guests a breathtaking view over the Maremma hills. As one drives down to the property you can’t help feeling a sense of anticipation: turning into a gloriously open space surrounded by trees and ultimately your holiday home, it is difficult not to be overwhelmed by the setting and the stunning, far reaching views. This has always been considered a salubrious and pure area, where people used to find shelter.

Case vacanza in Toscana | Podere Santa Pia

Podere Santa Pia


  Podere Santa Pia   Osteria Caffè Sant’Angelo
Un viale di cipressi secolari vi accompagnerà alla Cappella di Sant'Antonio abate e alla Tenuta di Montecucco.