MontalcinoItaly

Famous for its viniculture, this hilltop town also has a walled old town decorated with a majestic fortress, churches and piazzas.

Wine enthusiasts, history buffs and nature lovers flock to the picturesque town of Montalcino. Perched on a hill above Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia, the town boasts a stimulating mix of enoteche (wine stores), ancient monuments and museums. First settled around A.D. 800, Montalcino grew into a medieval stronghold and later achieved worldwide fame for its production of Brunello di Montalcino wine.

The crisscrossing streets and staircases of the wall-enclosed historic quarter are ideal to explore on foot. Start your visit at Fortezza di Montalcino (aka Rocca), a huge fortress built in the 1300s. Enjoy views of the surrounding valleys, vineyards and orchards from the tower and ramparts. Sample local wines at the fortress’s own enoteca.

Follow the streets down from the fortress to Piazza del Popolo. Here you’ll find architectural treasures such as the arched Loggia and the town hall, Palazzo dei Priori. Nearby is the Chiesa di Sant’Agostino and Montalcino Cathedral, notable for its Corinthian-style entrance and collection of antique art.

Spot more art, such as exhibitions of 14th- and 15th-century works by Sienese masters, at the Civic and Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art.

Vying for space with the town’s historic buildings are the enoteche and osteria (taverns). Take time out from sightseeing and treat yourself to a flight of Brunello di Montalcino wines. Alternatively, watch the world go from a café terrace while sipping on a coffee.

A great time to visit is in July, when the town is in full festival swing. The Jazz and Wine Festival takes over the fortress with live concerts and the Festival della Val d’Orcia hosts dance and theatrical performances.

Montalcino is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) south from Siena. Be sure to visit attractions located outside of the town center, including the 8th-century Sant’Antimo Abbey. Stop off on the way at the Brunello Museum to learn about the town’s winemaking history.

Ideal for daytrips and weekend breaks, Montalcino is also a great base for exploring the Val d’Orcia. Relax in the thermal baths in Bagni San Filippo or go hiking and skiing at Mount Amiata.

Top Hotels in Montalcino

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Castello di Velona Resort - The Leading Hotels of the World
Castello di Velona Resort - The Leading Hotels of the World
5 out of 5
Località Velona, Castelnuovo dell'Abate, Montalcino, SI
The price is $323 per night

Situated in a national park, this luxury hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Abbazia di Sant'Antimo and 6.7 mi (10.7 km) from Fortress of Montalcino. Horti Leonini ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (260 reviews)

"Excellent location, venue and staff in the heart of Tuscany"…"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2019

Castello di Velona Resort - The Leading Hotels of the World
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco
Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco
5 out of 5
Localita Castiglion Del Bosco, Montalcino, SI

Located in a provincial park, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Museum of Sacred Art in Val d’Arbia, Val di Merse, and Basso Merse Nature ...

5/5Exceptional! (23 reviews)
A great visit with friends

"The property is beautiful. Great service, great food. The wine tasing room is quite posh. The gym is well equipped. The rooms are comfortable. The drive up to the property is long but worth it."…"

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2019

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco
Agriturismo Le Ragnaie
Agriturismo Le Ragnaie
Localita Le Ragnaie, Montalcino, SI
The price is $120 per night

Situated in a provincial park, this farm stay is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Fortress of Montalcino and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Museum of Brunello. Abbazia di Sant'Antimo ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (263 reviews)
Relaxing.

"Was a clean hotel. A little on the older side. Staff was friendly and helpful. Enjoyed our stay."…"

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2019

Agriturismo Le Ragnaie

Popular places to visit in Montalcino

Castello Banfi
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Castello Banfi

4/5(6 reviews)

You can enjoy a tasting or tour at Castello Banfi during your travels to Poggio alle Mura. Visit the area's spas, or simply enjoy its wineries.

Abbazia di Sant'Antimo
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Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

5/5(55 reviews)

You can learn about the history of Castelnuovo dell'Abate when you stop by Abbazia di Sant'Antimo. Visit the area's spas, or simply enjoy its wineries.

Fortress of Montalcino
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Fortress of Montalcino

5/5(5 reviews)

Find out about the history of Montalcino with a stop at Fortress of Montalcino. Visit the area's spas, or simply enjoy its wineries.

Lake Trasimeno
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Lake Trasimeno

4.5/5(13 reviews)

Get swept up in the beauty, culture and history that abound on the shores of this tranquil lake in the heart of Umbria’s beautiful countryside. 

Piazza del Campo
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Piazza del Campo

5/5(371 reviews)

Learn about the history of Piazza del Campo, one of the top monuments in Siena. Discover the area's beautiful countryside, or seek out its local tours.

Siena Cathedral
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Siena Cathedral

5/5(349 reviews)

You can learn about the local history of Siena when you make a stop at a well-known site like Siena Cathedral. Discover the beautiful countryside while you're in the area.

Top things to do in Montalcino

Brunello di Montalcino full day
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Brunello di Montalcino full day

$269
Per adult
Full-Day Brunello Wine Tour
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Full-Day Brunello Wine Tour

$256
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Montalcino: Brunello Wine Tasting & Estate Tour
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Montalcino: Brunello Wine Tasting & Estate Tour

$28
Per adult
Montalcino Castle & Vineyards Tour with Tasting
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Montalcino Castle & Vineyards Tour with Tasting

$30
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Cooking class full day with gelato in San Gimignano.
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Cooking class full day with gelato in San Gimignano.

$224
Per adult
Truffle and Brunello Sommelier Vip Experience in Tuscany Lands from Rome
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Truffle and Brunello Sommelier Vip Experience in Tuscany Lands from Rome

$452
Per adult

Reviews of Montalcino

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5/5 - Excellent

Katie

Oct 31, 2019

Amazing wines, beautiful views, charming visit

5/5 - Excellent

Elias

Oct 7, 2019

If you dont love wine you will love Montalcino and the Toscana region...if you love wine, abd Brunello in particular, you may NEVER want to leave!!殺

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 27, 2019

Great wine country. Do a wine tasting while you're there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 14, 2019

Loved Montalcino - favorite part of our entire trip!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 18, 2019

Excellent place to visit and I would want to live there.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 11, 2019

Beautiful area, wonderful wines, good restaurants and nice shops.

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