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Colline Metallifere

la costa Toscana

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Crete Senesi

Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

         Walking in the Crete Senesi



Montagnola Senese

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Monte Amiata





          Fonti di Siena



Val d'Elsa

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Val d'orcia




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Valle d'Ombrone








Walking in Tuscany

Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Montalcino

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The Romanesque Abbey of Sant'Antimo is the absolute highlight of this itinerary [1


Toscana | Galleria di immagini  
Walking from Montalcino to Sant'Angelo in Colle


With its mediaeval villages and cypress-lined avenues winding through vineyards, southern Tuscany is the perfect place for a relaxing guided walking holiday.A winding scenic road, just outside the village of Castiglioncello Bandini, is leading to this former cloister, hidden in a seduced valley. 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. 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, but we also selected some memorable trails a little further away,in the Val d'Orcia, where you can walk through some of the most famous wine growing areas of Europe, the Brunello di Montalcino wine-region.

The trail from Montalcino towards Sant’Angelo in Colle is situated north of Podere Santa Pia and starts at the Fortress of Montalcino, ending on the cosy central town square of Sant’Angelo in Colle.
This is a walk on the strade bianche or 'dirt road's.
You can enjoy some exclusive wine tours and tasting experiences in the valleys below Montalcino. 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. A map with some of the most particular wineries on the southern slopes of Montalcino 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.


The trail

This is an itinerary in the great scenery of Brunello vineyards in the Val d’Orcia between Montalcino, Castelnuovo dell'Abate and Sant'Angelo in Colle. There is no difficulty in following the track. And a visit to the Abbey of Sant'Antimo, one of the highlights of romanesque architecture, is a must.
This itinerary can be devided in two tracks, the first going from Montalcino to the Abbey of Sant'Antimo, the second from the Abbey of Sant'Antimo to Sant'Angelo Scalo.

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Itinerary from Montalcino to Sant'Angelo in Colle

From Montalcino to the Abbey of Sant'Antimo
This itinerary starts at the Fortezza in Montalcino, or at one of the former gates, the Porta al Cassero.
The fortress of Montalcino was once Siena's last stronghold, now you can take a walk on the walls, or taste some Brunello wines in the enoteca inside the fortress. You are in the midst of some great wineries: Poggio di Sotto, Ciacci Piccolomini (Località Molinello) and Uccelliera Di Cortonesi Andrea (45 Localita' Pod. Uccelliera) are all nearby. Or check out Mastrojanni, owned by the coffee producing Illy family.

Fortezza di montalcino 06 portaFortezza di Montalcino, Porta al Cassero


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


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


From the Abbey of Sant'Antimo to Sant'Angelo in Colle

This stretch starts at the very impressive Romanesque Abbey of Sant'Antimo.

You walk along dirt roads,again through vineyards and woodlands to the beautiful walled village of Sant'Angelo in Colle, eventually stopping off along the route to visit wineries like Ciacci Piccolomini D'Aragona, la Cantina Mastrojanni, Sesta di Sopra and Lisini further along the road.

Your walk finishes in Sant'Angelo in Colle, near the Pieve di San Michele Arcangelo, on the square Piazza Castello where two excellent restaurants offer great lunches. You can have lunch at Il Pozzo or Il Leccio, or a little further at Caffè Sant'Angelo in Sant'Angelo Scalo, simply called da Pino by native Italians.

lenghth 9,70 km | Time almost 2 hours | gpx

Total climb     216 m    |    Total descent    418 m

In Sant'Angelo in Colle you can take a bus back to Montalcino. The bus stop is on Via del Colombaio, next to the Parking.

Montalcino-Poggio Tagliatone-Sant'Angelo in Colle-Sant'Angelo FS

Sant'Angelo FS-Sant'Angelo in Colle-Poggio Tagliatone-Montalcino

Check this map for good bus connections | Mappa extraurbano Siena

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Abbey of Sant'Antimo

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


Montalcino and Brunello Vineyards


Montalcino, Panorama   Montalcino vineyard - panoramio   Brunello di Montalcino vineyards



  Brunello di Montalcino vineyards, Montalcino  

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


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]

Frazioni Montalcino, Sant'Angelo in Colle


View on Sant'Angelo in Colle

  Pieve San Michele Arcangelo Sant'Angelo in Colle   Resurrezione di Cristo (1477), affresco di scuola senese (particolare)




 Chiesa di San Michele Arcangelo, situata a Sant'Angelo in Colle

Resurrezione di Cristo (1477), affresco di scuola senese (particolare) [2]

[1] Photo by Johannes Gilger, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.
[1] Photo by By Peter K Burian, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Walking in the Val d'Orcia

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

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Holiday accomodation in Tuscany

Podere Santa Pia is a large Tuscan country house sitting on a hill dominating the Ombrone and Orcia Valleys, two of the most beautiful valleys in Tuscany, 70 km south of Siena. This part of southern Tuscany, known as the Maremma, is a wonderfully peaceful and very beautiful unspoilt area, ideal for a quiet holiday.
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.

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.


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