Every respectable visit to Tuscany should include a day trip to some of the region’s quaint medieval villages. Take Montalcino, for example, a hill town in the Val d’Orcia completely encircled by fortified walls and a few kilometres from Pienza and the Crete Senesi and not far from Monte Amiata. Renowned for its world-famous Brunello di Montalcino, it’s also a fairy-tale place to spend a day immersed in Tuscany’s history and countryside. Climbing to the top of the hill, you’re greeted with stunning views of the surrounding valleys, characterized by vineyards, olive trees, fields and other little villages.
Montalcino has remained practically unchanged over the centuries, with its 13th-century defense walls and historic centre dominated by the 14th-century fortress. But there are many other places to visit, so we’ve put together a list of the top must-see sites in the town.