Montalcino sits in the hearts of the vineyards that produce Brunello wine, one of Italy’s best and most favorite. The town takes its name from 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. It is a classic Tuscan hill town surrounded by walls and topped by an almost fairy-tale castle with Paleolithic or Etruscan origins. The hill upon which Montalcino sits has probably been settled since Etruscan times. Its first mention in historical documents in 814 AD suggests there was a church here in the 9th century, most likely built by monks associated with the nearby Abbey of Sant'Antimo. Places worth seeing include:
Museo Civico has Madonna and Child with Two Angels, an anonymous 13th. c. painting which once was at Sant’Antimo Abbey.
Monastery of St. Agostino and its 14th century church with its rose window.
Palazzo Communale - constructed 14th century
San Salvatore - an 11th c. Romanesque church
Castel del Piano is a favorite of Tuscan Muse guests, photographers, artists, cooks and writers who participate in our tours of Tuscany, photography workshops, painting workshops, culinary workshops and writing workshops in Tuscany.