Montalcino in Tuscany

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Mterritorial extension of 243 square kilometers, one of the largest in central Italy. The territory of Montalcino, which is characterized by thick forest interspersed with traditional vineyards and olive trees, offers magic views of the Val d’Orcia, a territory offering many day trip “excuses” at the discovery of nature and local flavors. To further confirm the beauty of the land, in 2004 the territory of Montalcino, along with the Val d’Orcia, has been recognized World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Its elevated and strategic location between the Maremma and interior valleys marked the destiny of the town. The town in turned marked many crucial moments in the history of medieval and modern Tuscany, as evidenced by churches, palaces, fortifications and works of art.
Arriving from the valley, the impressive Fourteenth century fortress makes it immediately clear to the visitor that the urban layout of Montalcino is that of a medieval military town cut through by narrow and steep alleys. From up here views are absolute masterpieces, like those stored in the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, which houses one of the richest collections of paintings and wooden sculpture of the Sienese school.
Among the many churches, the 14th century St. Augustine church, the neoclassical Cathedral, the Sanctuary of Madonna del Soccorso and that of S. Egidio stand out. The Palazzo Comunale from the 13th century is a thin but very solid structure sided by a high bell tower, almost a watchtower, topped by the big bell that still marks the life of the town.
9 kilometers from the center of Montalcino, in the direction of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, lies the solitary Abbey of Saint Antimo. The monumental temple from the 12th century is one of the most important examples of French Romanesque in Italy.
Born within the domain of the powerful Abbey of St. Antimo, the original castle of Montalcino was soon torn between the powers of Siena and Florence. Pius II in 1462 made a diocese and a city of what until then had been a hamlet around a castle. Still as an impregnable fortress of Siena, it surrendered only to the Treaty of Cateau-Cambresis in 1559, which annexed Siena to the Medici Grand Duchy.
Appreciated for its fine wine production, where the Brunello indisputably acts as the crown jewel, Montalcino also has a fine and qualified production of Tuscan honey, extra virgin olive oil, typical cold cuts and cheeses that can be tasted in any restaurants and wine bar of the town. Holiday villas, hotels, guesthouses and holiday homes offer many opportunities to stay in a typical and welcoming Tuscan environment.

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