Make your way out of the city of Siena through the countryside of the Siena Crete and Val d'Orcia, where you will find yourself in the unforgettable area of Brunello di Montalcino, one of Italy's most famous and important wines.
The magnificent fourteenth-century fortress in Montalcino gives visitors a glimpse into the medieval town and its medieval military defence strategy, characterized by narrow and steep streets that house a host of masterpieces, such as those kept in the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art. This museum houses one of the richest collections of paintings and wooden sculptures in Tuscany. Among the many churches stands the fourteenth-century St. Augustine Cathedral, a neoclassical church, the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso and the Saint Giles Church. Built in the late thirteenth century, the Palazzo Comunale is a slender but sturdy structure which is flanked by a tall watch tower.
Just 9 kilometers from the historic center, in the direction of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, stands the Saint Antimo Abbey. Its monumental temple (from the twelveth century) is one of the finest examples of Roman-French architecture in Italy.
Montalcino is located along the Orcia Wine Trail
, with its picturesque rolling hills. Along this route, between the beautiful landscapes of the Orcia Valley, visit charming medieval towns, such as the San Salvatore Abbey, Chianciano Terme, Pienza, San Quirico d'Orcia and Buonconvento, while sampling traditional local foods and wines.