La cattedrale di Montalcino
Places of worship

The Cathedral of Montalcino

The church that looks over the valley

Montalcino
Montalcino rests perched on a hill, securing its strategic position, a citadel surrounded by ancient walls. Below lies the Cassia, in more recent times or Roma Francigena, the medieval highway for pilgrims.

The Cathedral of Montalcino is dedicated to San Salvatore and it lies on the grounds whereupon the Romanesque church of the same name was built in the year 1000. In 1462 it was proclaimed cathedral by Pope Pius II. The structure of the building is visible from afar, acting as a point of reference as does the castle.

Beyond the purity of the luminous neoclassical exterior design, precious treasures are hidden inside. Take note of the first altar which depicts an Immaculate Conception with Christ and God the Father, dating to 1588, a masterpiece painted by Francesco Vanni, mannerist painter from Siena. The altar just facing this one features a painting by the same artist and depicts Saint John the Baptist in the desert.
 
Montalcino
THE HOME OF BRUNELLO: A GEM FULL OF ART AND HISTORY IMMERSED IN THE HILLS OF SIENA
In the picture-perfect hills of the Val d’Orcia sits the beautiful 13th-century town of Montalcino. You can see right away that this medieval city has a military past, with its narrow and steep streets, but once you get to the top… what a view! ...
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