Let’s visit Montalcino: the famous city of Brunello!
Although Montalcino is a small town with no more than 5,000 inhabitants, Montalcino is only 40 km from Siena. From the 12th century to the 15th century, Montalcino was the scene of several wars between Siena and Florence that wanted to dominate the city. To get to the city, the path with the view is breathtaking! The vineyards and fields, catch our eyes as if they wanted to hypnotize us! So, let´s go to our post and visit Montalcino? The famous city of Brunello! Stay with us and don’t miss a thing about this picturesque place! Here at Your Travel to Italy with Ana Patricia you make the trip of your dreams!!! ALSO: see our “Accommodation in Italy – Tips for your holidays!”
Dipped in the D’Orcia Valley in Tuscany, Montalcino is one of the largest and best wine producers in the world. The symbolic wine of the city is the famous, and delicious, Brunello, considered one of the best wines in the world. Have you been in Montalcino? Have you ever tasted a Brunello? No? So don’t leave this city out of your Travel Guide and make the most of an excursion to visit Val D´Orcia, click here to find out more!
1) Let’s visit Montalcino: the famous city of Brunello! VISIT FORTRESS ROCCA
There are many jewels in Montalcino to visit, starting with the Historic Center, where, imposing, is the old fortress of the city, called Rocca. The fortress was built in 1361 and its charm remains untouched. Nowadays, it houses a wine shop where it is possible to make tastings and receive very detailed information about the wines of the region. Walk calmly through the narrow streets of the center: observe the details of the buildings, observe the places, breathe the fresh air; It will do you a lot of good! How about getting to know Ten must-see Agrotourisms in Tuscany?
2) Let’s visit Montalcino: the famous city of Brunello! VISIT THE CLOCK TOWER
Continuing with our tour, we go to the Clock Tower. Opposite Piazza del Popolo (People Square), the Palazzo dei Priori (Priory Palace), which dates from the 12th century, is nowadays the seat of the city hall (also known as Palazzo Comunale (the Town Hall)). Speaking of Piazza Del Popolo, its arches are from the 16th and 15th centuries and seem not to have suffered so much from the action of time. Another interesting place to visit is the Museum of Religious Art. The Museum is in the old convent next to the St Augustine’s Church and is one of the most important in Tuscany. It has a collection of more than 200 works, it has three floors and it hosts sculptures, paintings, carpets, manuscripts and much more. Also read Montepulciano and its fantastic wine? and Wine Tour in Val d´Orcia and the main wineries in Montalcino
3) Let’s visit Montalcino: the famous city of Brunello! VISIT THE CATHEDRAL
We continue to Montalcino Cathedral , the Cathedral dedicated to the Most Holy Savior. It is all made of bricks, just like most houses in the city and was opened in 1844, received the external columns only years later, after several renovations. The bell tower also draws attention! On the same street where the Cathedral is located, there is the Church of Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of the Rescue). It was inaugurated in 1829 and one of the things that most calls our attention are the marble angels that are on the altar: they are beautiful!
4) Let’s visit Montalcino: the famous city of Brunello! TRY BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO
How to talk about Montalcino without mentioning its “flagship”, its greatest pride and reason for the city’s fame? Montalcino is where one of the finest and most appreciated wines in the world is born, Brunello di Montalcino. It is made 100% with grapes of the Sangiovese Grosso variety and its harvest, the famous vendemmia (harvest), takes place in September. Brunello was the first wine in Italy to be awarded Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) designation (Designation of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin) and all bottles produced are sealed with a numbered seal, which guarantees their quality and authenticity.
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How to get to Montalcino?
1) How to get to Montalcino? BY TRAIN
Take the train to Buonconvento station, getting there take one of the buses operated by Tiemme: 114A or 114R that takes you to Montalcino.
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2) How to get to Montalcino? BY CAR
Access the Firenze – Siena highway and take the Siena Sud exit, take the SS2 (Cassia) towards Roma. Go to SP45 and follow the signs to Montalcino. TIP: You cannot drive in several places. Park nearby and walk! Read also TRAVELING BY CAR IN ITALY: EXAMPLES OF TOURS. If you are renting a car be sure to read our posts in the section Driving in Italy on the blog Your Travel to Italy. In addition to car itinerary tips, we have everything about signage, tolls, roads and many more tips.
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How to know where these spots are?
See the post How not to get fined in Italy – ZTL that talks about it, but anyway another tip for those who are unsure about it, is to park a little outside the downtown and take a walk; if you don’t want to walk, spend a little more, and take a taxi or public transport.
Let’s visit Montalcino: the famous city of Brunello! Whether to taste a good wine or go back in time visiting historical monuments, Montalcino is one of the places that most deserve a visit in Tuscany! And if you feel insecure, have no time, and need help to organize your trip, don’t hesitate to contact me! I will love to help you make your dream trip to Italy come true. And how can I do that? Keep reading this post until the end and you will understand how we make your life and your trip much easier
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