Montalcino

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Montalcino featuring a sunset and heritage architecture
Famous for its viniculture, this hilltop town also has a walled old town decorated with a majestic fortress, churches and piazzas.

Wine enthusiasts, history buffs and nature lovers flock to the picturesque town of Montalcino. Perched on a hill above Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia, the town boasts a stimulating mix of enoteche (wine stores), ancient monuments and museums. First settled around A.D. 800, Montalcino grew into a medieval stronghold and later achieved worldwide fame for its production of Brunello di Montalcino wine.

The crisscrossing streets and staircases of the wall-enclosed historic quarter are ideal to explore on foot. Start your visit at Fortezza di Montalcino (aka Rocca), a huge fortress built in the 1300s. Enjoy views of the surrounding valleys, vineyards and orchards from the tower and ramparts. Sample local wines at the fortress’s own enoteca.

Follow the streets down from the fortress to Piazza del Popolo. Here you’ll find architectural treasures such as the arched Loggia and the town hall, Palazzo dei Priori. Nearby is the Chiesa di Sant’Agostino and Montalcino Cathedral, notable for its Corinthian-style entrance and collection of antique art.

Spot more art, such as exhibitions of 14th- and 15th-century works by Sienese masters, at the Civic and Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art.

Vying for space with the town’s historic buildings are the enoteche and osteria (taverns). Take time out from sightseeing and treat yourself to a flight of Brunello di Montalcino wines. Alternatively, watch the world go from a café terrace while sipping on a coffee.

A great time to visit is in July, when the town is in full festival swing. The Jazz and Wine Festival takes over the fortress with live concerts and the Festival della Val d’Orcia hosts dance and theatrical performances.

Montalcino is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south from Siena. Be sure to visit attractions located outside of the town center, including the 8th-century Sant’Antimo Abbey. Stop off on the way at the Brunello Museum to learn about the town’s winemaking history.

Ideal for daytrips and weekend breaks, Montalcino is also a great base for exploring the Val d’Orcia. Relax in the thermal baths in Bagni San Filippo or go hiking and skiing at Mount Amiata.

Hotel Dei Capitani
Hotel Dei Capitani
3 out of 5
Via Lapini 6, Montalcino, SI, 53024
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £123 per night from 8 Sep to 9 Sep
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Montalcino. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (290 reviews)
"Amazing view! Great room and better staff! Easy parking and close to all the sites!"

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Hotel Dei Capitani
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco
5 out of 5
Localita Castiglion Del Bosco, Montalcino, SI, 53024
The price is £1,187 per night from 22 Aug to 23 Aug
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5/5 Exceptional! (29 reviews)
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Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco
Castello di Velona Resort Thermal SPA & Winery
Castello di Velona Resort Thermal SPA & Winery
5 out of 5
Località Velona, Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Montalcino, SI, 53024
The price is £686 per night from 29 Aug to 30 Aug
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4.5/5 Wonderful! (274 reviews)
"Such a beautiful hotel and the most magnificent view!! Great and friendly service!"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2021

Castello di Velona Resort Thermal SPA & Winery
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Residenza Palazzo Saloni
Residenza Palazzo Saloni
Via Soccorso Saloni 31, Montalcino, SI, 53024
Stay at this aparthotel in Montalcino. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Popular attractions Fortress of Montalcino and Civic and Diocesan Museum ...
3.6/5 Good! (17 reviews)
Nice Hotel
"It was quite interesting stay for us as a family. However, the floor was very dirty and practically we had to use sandals or otherwise your feet will be dirty. Also, the weather was too hot and no air conditioning was provided. Despite of that, we still had fun and the hotel was very nice to allow ..."

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2015

Residenza Palazzo Saloni
ALBORATA 10 - Emma Villas Exclusive
ALBORATA 10 - Emma Villas Exclusive
San Giovanni d'Asso, Tuscany
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Wonderful luxury Villa in Val d'Orcia, near Montalcino
Wonderful luxury Villa in Val d'Orcia, near Montalcino
Montalcino, Toscana
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Wonderful luxury Villa in Val d'Orcia, near Montalcino
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