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Taste and history in the lands of the Brunello

A tour through wine and history, from Montalcino to Montepulciano

Marta Mancini by Marta Mancini
Amidst wine and the via Francigena
Barrels of Brunello di Montalcino
Barrels of Brunello di Montalcino

The small, stone village is situated along the Brunello Road, which at certain points overlaps with the via Francigena. Therefore, during the journey it is common to catch sight of travellers, cyclists and horse riders. Once arrived in Montalcino, a walk through its historic centre is necessary, perhaps accompanied by a cheese and local produce tasting and obviously a glass of red.

Cathedral and Piazza in Montepulciano
Cathedral and Piazza in Montepulciano

The journey continues on in the direction of Montepulciano, another of the region’s historical jewels that was also used as the location for a section of the film Twilight. Located along the centre’s streets are many artisan shops, gastronomic stores and wine bars, often built above ancient Etruscan tombs. Therefore, between a taste here and there it is also possible to take a leap back in time and into the town’s legends. Also in Montepulciano is where you find the Vicolo dell’Amore (Love Alley), which is literally stormed by dozens of couples on Valentines day.

Abbey of Sant’Antimo
Abbey of Sant’Antimo, Montalcino
Abbey of Sant’Antimo, Montalcino

Since you are already in the area, why not take the opportunity to go visit the mysterious Abbey of Sant’Antimo? Only a few kilometres away, you can admire this unique artistic testament immersed in greenery and surrounded by characteristic rows of trees. 

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