Montalcino is known for some of the most spectacular wines found in Italy, Brunello di Montalcino. From Porta Burelli you follow the Strada Comunale del Canalicchio, passing by La Gerla, Paradisone Colle degli Angeli, Canalicchio di Sopra, Lazzeretti, Casanova di Neri, Casello, Fattoria Pian dell'Asso, and the Chiesa Madonna del Riguardo, San Quirico.
Just after crossing the torrent Asso, continue on the strada del Riguardo on your right. On your left, you can admire a bunch of cypress trees. If you prefer a short detour to see the most famous cypress trees in Tuscany, follow the dirt road towards Podere Casaltina, and after circa 500 meters, beyond the farmhouse, you will first see the Circle of cypress trees and further on your left the iconic image of the Val d’Orcia.
San Quirico d'Orcia
Arriving at San Quirico d'Orcia, a visit to the picturesque medieval village is a must. The highlights of the town are two Romanesque churches, the honey-colored Collegiata, famous for its three beautifully carved portals, and the smaller Chiesetta di Santa Maria Assunta, also known as Santa Maria or Santa Maria ad Hortos as it is surrounded by gardens, the Horti Leonini and the Giardino delle Rose.
This itinerary ends at the Piazza Garibaldi were the Chiesa San Francesco and the entrance of the Horti Leonini gardens invite you for further exploration of this beautiful gem.
San Quirico host a handful of good restaurants. La Bottega di Portanuova is a tiny uncrowded grocery store and a terrific place to pick up picnic food. They prepare hand-made sandwiches, platters of cold cuts and cheese, and serve some good local wines. There is a lovely outdoor seating area.
Boccon Di Vino
Ristorante di di Mario e Vanna Fiorani .
Via Traversa dei Monti, 201, 53024 Montalcino
39 0577 848233
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San Quirico d'Orcia
La Bottega di Portanuova
A small grocery and restaurant in San Quirico d'Orcia, with specialties from the region and many organic products.
Via Dei Canneti 37/F, 53027 San Quirico dOrcia
+39 340 357 6797
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Lenghth: 13,07 km | 3 hours circa
Total climb 289 m
Total descent 425 m
You can also consider expanding your walk to a longer itinerary, and continue to the Capella di Vitaleta [Anello San Quirico d'Orcia - Capella di Vitaleta 8,64 km].
You can take a bus back to Montalcino.
Two possibilities, the first and shortest taking the bus from San Quirico to Montalcino (timetables here)
or to combine bus 112 and 114 (San Quirico to Torrenieri, and Torrenieri - Montalcino), timetables here
The bus station is in front of Ristorante Garibaldi a.o. (Via Cassia 17).