The road winds among olive trees until meeting (on our right) the small farm of Corrione, where we continue in straight descent; beyond a ditch, which is occasionally the bed of a stream but is almost always dry, we follow a long line of cypresses before reaching a junction. This leads onto a poor tarmac road for Tavernelle, while we bear left in a gentle climb.
Close to Tavernelle, under the sign for the winemakers Banfi, we bend to the left between two vineyards. Then we take the junction to the right for the Monali farm, rising to a straighter road through the woods which passes close by the agriturismo hotel Brizio.
We continue to climb until we reach a wider road, where we take a right and then another right immediately afterwards, bringing us to the little farm of San Lorenzo. From here we make one last demanding push to the 'Mountain Pass'road, where we bear left until we get to Montalcino.
In case you're feeling full of energy at this point, you could consider extending this itinerary and continue your ride up until the renowned Abbey of Sant’Antimo. Set only nine kilometres south of Montalcino, in the direction of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, the abbey is a monumental, solitar 12th-century temple that is considered one of the best examples of French-Romanesque architecture in Italy.