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Taste and history in the lands of the Vino Nobile and of the Brunello

A tour through wine and history, from Montepulciano to Montalcino

Cathedral and Piazza in Montepulciano
Cathedral and Piazza in Montepulciano

This journey starts in Montepulciano, one of the region’s historical jewels: located along the streets in the centre of town are many artisan shops, gastronomic stores and, of course, historical cellars and wine bars, where to taste the renowned Vino Nobile. Interesting fact, often such cellars are built above ancient Etruscan tombs.

Between a taste here and there it is also possible to take a leap back in time into the town’s history and legends. Moreover, you should know that Montepulciano is where you find the Vicolo dell’Amore (Love Alley, which is literally stormed by dozens of couples on Valentines day) and that the town was also used as the location for a section of the film Twilight.

Amidst wine and the via Francigena
Barrels of Brunello di Montalcino
Barrels of Brunello di Montalcino - Credit: consorziobrunellodimontalcino.it

Our itinerary continues in the small, stone village of Montalcino. Once arrived, a walk through its historic centre is necessary, perhaps accompanied by a cheese and local produce tasting and, obviously, a glass of Brunello.

Montalcino 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 pilgrims, cyclists and horse riders.

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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