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Montalcino, mediaeval village in the heart of the Brunello wine region in Southern Tuscany

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Panorama Montalcino [1]

Toacana ] Galleria di immagini  
Montalcino, mediaeval village in Southern Tuscany

Montalcino is situated high on a hill, between the Brunello vineyards. The impressive castle or Fortezza, which was built by the Sienese in 1361, dominates this well-preserved medieval town. The town takes its name from il leccio or holm oak, a variety of oak tree that once covered the terrain.
The very high site of the town offers stunning views over the Asso, Ombrone and Arbia valleys of Tuscany, dotted with silvery olive orchards, vineyards, fields, and villages. The lower slopes of the Montalcino hill itself are dominated by highly productive vines and olive orchards.
Even more than because of its historical heritage, Montalcino is known for its famous Brunello di Montalcino wines. Some pleasant enoteca or wineries can be found in the heart of the city. In the early hours, when the locals prepare everything for the incoming visitors,
The historic center of Montalcino has been pedestrianized, so it is a pleasant place to stroll around or linger over at a café on the square and practice your Italian with the locals.
Parking is easy on Via Pietra Strozzi (Parcheggio Viale Strozzi).
At the end of Via Pietra Strozzi is the Chiesa della Madonna del Soccorso. Behind the church, there is a small square offering a marvelous view over the Val d’Arbia in the direction of Siena.

Montalcino is situated in the heart of Val d’Orcia in a postcard-like scenery. The city is part of the Val d’Orcia, a part of southern Tuscany characterized by gentle hills, sinuous country roads or strade bianche, and a horizon dotted with isolated cypress trees. The entire valley of the Val d'Orcia with this magnificent natural scenery was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2006.


Mapt Montalcino | Ingrandire mappa


Piazza del Popolo

The main square of Montalcino is Piazza del Popolo, situated down the hill from the fortress and Duomo on the via Matteotti. The principal building on the piazza is the former Palazzo dei Priori or Palazzo Comunale (built late 13th, early 14th century), now town hall.

The palace is adorned with the heraldic coats of arms of the Podesta, once rulers of the city. A tall medieval tower is incorporated into the palazzo and dominates the square. Opposite the Palazzo Comunale or town hall is a beautiful Renaissance-style building with six round arches, called La Loggia, for which construction began at the very end of the 14th century and finished in the early 15th, but which has undergone much restoration work over the subsequent centuries.

On the other side of the square is a beautiful terrace. It belongs to Caffè Fiaschetteria Italiana, where locals and regular visitors meet each other in the morning while enjoying an espresso or cappuccino. The prices are terribly high.

Church Sant'Agostino

The church and adjacent convent were erected by the Augustinian order in 1227. The church was rebuilt in Gothic style in 1380.
The archdiocese, the region and commune, and a private foundation (Sindaco Silvio Franceschelli) have been involved in the restoration of the interiors, which contain 14th and 15th-century frescoes depicting the Passion of Christ and Life of St Anthony Abbot attributed to Bartolo di Fredi or followers.[2 Achdiocese of Siena, article on restoration of the church.]

The Civic and Dioceses Museum (Museo Civico e Diocesano d’Arte Sacra) is housed in the adjacent convent of the church since ... The museum housesone of the most important collections of medieval art in the province of Siena, with work by Duccio di Buoninsegna, Pietro and Ambrogio Lorenzetti, Sano di Pietro, Luca di Tommè, Bartolo di Fredi, Vincenzo Tamagni, Marco Pino (pupil of Beccafumi), Giovanni Pisano, Giovanni d'Agostino, Simone Martini and Francesco di Valdambrino.
Highlight in the collection is Bartolo di Fredi's virtuoso and complex polyptych, L'incoronazione della Vergine (1388). 
The museum also displays a fine collection of painted wood sculptures, such as a small crucifix by Giovanni d'Agostino and a sublime Madonna by Domenico di Agostino.

Museo Civico e Diocesano d’Arte Sacr

(Musei Riuniti - Civico, Diocesano e Archeologico)
Ex Seminario di S.Agostino, Via Ricasoli
Tel0577/846014 - Fax: 0577/849321

Orario da gennaio a marzo: dalle ore 10 alle 13 e dalle 14 alle 16. 
Orario da aprile a dicembre: dalle ore 10 alle ore 18.

Closed on Monday.



Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, Montalcino
Chiesa di Sant'Agostino

Crocifisso di Sant'Antimo, 1190 circa, tempera su tavola, Musei riuniti, Montalcino

Crocifisso di Sant'Antimo, 1190 circa, tempera su tavola, Musei riuniti (Museo Civico e Diocesano d'Arte Sacra), Montalcino 


Il Santuario di Santa Maria del Soccorsoi a Montalcino
The Madonna or Santa Maria del Soccorso Sanctuary is located at Via Spagni in Montalcino. The church was erected across the centuries and thus erected in multiple styles, including a renaissance layout, baroque interiors, and an impressive neoclassical facade.
Behind the church you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the hills of  the Val d'Orcia.

  Il Santuario di Santa Maria del Soccorso


Traditions and events | Sagra del Tordo

Among the local traditions we especially know the Sagra del Tordo (Festival of the Thrush), a folk festival and a grand archery competition held on the last Sunday of October among the four districts of Montalcino, Borghetto, Pianello, Ruga and Travaglio.


Caffè Fiaschetteria Italiana, Piazza del Popolo, 6

Alle Logge di Piazza,Via Giacomo Matteotti, 1

Then let's not forget the gastronomic delights that made Tuscany famous across the world. Each region offers unique dishes based on its long history and location, and exploring the culture of Tuscan gastronomy should be part of your trip in Montalcino and the Val d’Orcia.

Brunello di Montalcino

According to Robert Louis Stevenson, wine is bottled poetry. This is what you experience in Montalcino.Together with Barolo and the Supertuscans, Brunello di Montalcino is today regarded as one of the greatest Italian wines. The wine is made from 100% Sangiovese grosso (formerly the grape was also called Brunello).
Even though wine-growing has been practiced here for many centuries, the birth of the Brunello di Montalcino dates back to the second half of the 19th century. The real breakthrough came even in 1967 when winegrowers from Montalcino founded the Consorzio del Vino Brunello di Montalcino. In the same year, Brunello di Montalcino was the seventh wine to obtain the protected designation DOC in Italy. And in 1980 the wine was given the status of the DOCG quality mark. This stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita, and is the highest quality standard for wine in Italy.


Brunello di Montalcino vineti e Monte Amiata   Montalcino vineyard - panoramio  

Brunello di Montalcino vineti e Monte Amiata


  Brunello di Montalcino vineyards, Montalcino  

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

In the heart of the city, you can find some pleasant enoteca or wineries. The wine estates outside the city are also easy to visit and organize tastings and tours of the domain. It’s appropriate to make reservations for a tasting or a tour at most wineries, so contact them a few days in advance.
A map on which all wine growers are well indicated can be found here. A nice selection from the more than 220 winegrowers can be found here.

Enoteca a Montalcino

Enoteca Pierangioli
Piazza del Popolo, 16
+39 0577 849113

Enoteca Bruno Dalmazio
Via Traversa dei Monti, 214
+39 0577 849019

Enoteca Di Piazza WINE ROOM Of Fedolfi Andrea s.a.s.
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 43
+39 0577 848104

Enoteca Grotta del Brunello
Costa di Piazza Garibaldi, 3
+39 0577 847177

Fortezza di Montalcino
Piazzale Fortezza, 9
+39 0577 849211

Restaurants in Montalcino

There are good restaurants in Montalcino. The best restaurants are located outside the city in Sant'Angelo in Colle and Sant'Angelo Scalo, frazioni or boroughs of Montalcino.
A good selection of restaurants can be found here.

Our favorites are:

Montalcino restaurants

Locanda Demetra

Locanda Demetra  
Address: Podere La Buca, 221, 53024 Montalcino
Open : Van maandag tot zaterdag, 12.00 - 15.00
Phone: +39 0577 150 3199


Il Moro

Il Moro
Via Giuseppe Mazzini 44, 53024, Montalcino, Italy
+39 0577 849384
Website: Facebook Il Moro


Re di Macchia

Classic Tuscan cuisine in the heart of Montalcino.
Via Soccorso Saloni 21, Montalcino
Tel: 0577-846116 email:
Closed: Thursday
Authentic Tuscan cuisine.
Website facebook:

S.Angelo Scalo Restaurants

Ristorante Il Leccio

Ristorante Il Leccio |
S. Angelo in Colle, Via Costa Castellare
Telefono 0577. 844 175

Trattoria Il Pozzo

Trattoria Il Pozzo |
S. Angelo in Colle, Piazza del Pozzo
Telefono 0577 844015

Caffè Sant’Angelo

Real Italian atmosphere, some of the best dishes of Tuscan and Roman cuisine.
The best off track address.

Osteria Caffè Sant’Angelo
Via Grossetana, 8
 | Sant'Angelo Scalo, 53024Montalcino.
Tel. 340 8305269 (Pino)
Caffè Sant’Angelo


Il Galletto Di Camigliano

Il Galletto Di Camigliano di Lucentini Giorgio,
Via Dell'arco 8 | Camigliano, Montalcino
Website | +39 331 712 0292


Walking in the Val d'Orcia and Montalcino


I sentieri della Val d'Orcia | Walking in the Val d'Orcia | Itineraries gpx


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

Walking from Montalcino to San Quirico d'Orcia | 13,07 km

Walking from Montalcino to Bagno Vignoni | 20 km

Walking from Sant'Antimo to Sant'Angelo in Colle | 9,70 km

Walking from Sant'Antimo to Sant'Angelo Scalo | 12,50 km

Walking from Montalcino to Sant'Angelo in Colle | 19,80 km

Walking from Sant'Antimo to Sant'Angelo Scalo and Poggio alle Mura | 17,14 km

Events in Tuscany | Sagra del Tordo and the Torneo di Apertura in Montalcino 

De beste restaurants in Montalcino en Sant’Angelo in Colle | pdf

Conzorzio Brunello di Montalcino |




  Brunello di Montalcino vineyards   Il Santuario di Santa Maria del Soccorso




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


  Il Santuario di Santa Maria del Soccorso
Palazzo dei Priori a Montalcino   MontalcinoSantAntonioAbate3   Fortezza di Montalcino, La Porta Cassero

Palazzo dei Priori a Montalcino



La chiesa di Sant'Antonio, facciata


  The gates of Montalcino
Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, Montalcino   A view from Montalcino (5772034130)   Cypress trees betwen San Quirico d'Orcia and Montalcino
Chiesa di Sant'Agostino   Panorama con la chiesa di San Francesco  

Cypress trees between San Quirico d'Orcia and Montalcino


Frazioni Montalcino


Camigliano, panorama   Montelifrè visto da Montisi   Panorama of Sant’Angelo in Colle, hamlet of Montalcino



  Montelifrè   Panorama Sant’Angelo in Colle, Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino




Brunello di Montalcino vineti e Monte Amiata   Montalcino vineyard - panoramio  

Brunello di Montalcino vineti e Monte Amiata


  Brunello di Montalcino vineyards, Montalcino  

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


Castello Banfi, Montalcino


Castello Banfi, Montalcino

  Tenuta Il Poggione Sant'Angelo in Colle

Poggio alle mura, Castello Banfi, Montalcino



Castello Banfi e vineti

  Tenuta Il Poggione Sant'Angelo in Colle

Photo album Van d'Orcia

The road from Montalcino to San Quirico d'Orcia is particularly noteworthy for the bunch of cypress trees on your right, and between San Quirico d'Orcia and Pienza along SS146, where you can admire the Madonna di Vitaleta Chapel, 2 km outside San Quirico.


Cypress trees betwen San Quirico d'Orcia and Montalcino   Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta   Cypress trees in the Val d'Orcia
Cypress trees between San Quirico d'Orcia and Montalcino  

San Quirico d'Orcia, Cappella della Madonna di Vitaleta


  Cypress trees in the Val d'Orcia

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