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Montalcino is a walled hilltop town in Tuscany lying in a very good
position at 564 meters above sea level. It enjoys splendid views of the
The landscape is characterized by stark
rolling hills, marked by winding roads lined with dark cypresses and
fortified towns, but among the most important features, are the numerous
acres of vineyards from which some of Tuscany's most esteemed red wines
are produced, Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino.
Brunello Wine DOCG
| Rosso di Montalcino DOC
|Brunello di Montalcino DOCG is a great red
wine of Tuscany. Brunello is a local term referring to the grape
variety sangiovese. These wines are of superior quality and limited
production. Intense, concentrated and tannic, they tend to require
long aging. They come onto the market five years after the
||A valid alternative to Brunello wine is
represented by Rosso di Montalcino, a younger wine that combines
special attributes of vivacity and freshness with a superb
structure. Rosso di Montalcino is brilliant and limpid to the eye,
with a composite ruby red colour. The wine should be served at a
temperature of about 18-20 degrees centigrade.|
The climate and nature of the soil also favors the cultivation of
olive groves, producing an excellent olive oil with a refined taste.
Mushrooms, truffles, pecorino cheese, salami and honey crown the
gastronomic offer of Montalcino.
In the Rocca (fortress) by the five polygonal towers, the "Standard"
painted by Sodoma for the last defenders of the Sienese Republic can still
be seen. The Enoteca la Fortezza, wine-tasting shop, located below, is a
great place to sample the local Brunello and Rosso wines.
The Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) is a brick and stone building with a
very fine 13th century tower.
Museo Civico and Diocesano d'Arte
Sacra di Montalcino - via Ricasoli, 31 - Montalcino. This new museum
is located in the convent of Sant'Agostino. Principal works include
paintings by Luca di Tommè, Bartolo di Fredi, Andrea di Bartolo, Sano di
Pietro, Benvenuto di Giovanni, Girolamo di Benvenuto, Segna di
Bonaventura, Guidoccio Cozzarelli, Sodoma and Bartolomeo Neroni, Della
Robbia terracottas (15th century), two celebrated miniated bibles, one of which
is from the 12th century, as well as, an important group of polychromic
statues by Sienese artists of the 14th and 15th centuries. The Museums
also host several archaeological finds from the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron
Ages and from Etruscan and Roman tombs.
Duomo di San Salvatore: The inside has three barrel-vaulted naves and includes the
Immaculate Conception of 1588 by Francesco Vanni, John the Baptist by
Ventura Salimbeni, statues of Saint John and the archangel Michael by
Church of Sant'Agostino - Piazza Sant'Agostino
14th century Romanesque-Gothic church with the west front decorated with a
marble rose window and elegant black and white marble doorway. It is
shaped like a single nave and is frescoed by Sienese artists with scenes
of the Passion of Christ and the life of St. Augustine.
of St. Egidio: Romanesque and Gothic church built in 1325. Inside the
church a nice 16th century tabernacle and a fresco of
"Madonna and Child" are preserved.
- Church of Madonna del Soccorso -
Built in the 17th century, it is a church with a neoclassical
travertine facade. The church features three interior naves. The exquisite
Baroque altar dates from 1621. The Assumption of the Virgin Mary by
Vincenzo di San Gimignano is to the right of the altar and on the left is
a Calvary by Francesco Vanni. Other significant works include a Sacred
Family by Rutilio Manetti and two wooden statues by Antonio
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