Montalcino

Situated on the top of a hill at 564 metres above sea level, Montalcino has preserved  its charm of an untouched medieval village.Its territory, which is part of the Artistic, Natural and Cultural Park of the Val d’Orcia, is covered with vineyards (whose grapes produce prestigious wines) olive trees and woods consisting prevalently of holm oak trees. Its Latin name derivative, Ilex, is probably the origin of Mons Ilcinus (Montalcino). The most important permanent presence, which stands at a distance of three km from Montalcino, is found at the archeological site “Poggio della Civitella”. Since 1993, seasonal excavation have brought to the light Etruscan ruins belonging to the Archaic and the Hellenistic period. During the VI century B.C the area contained a village and then a fortress composed of three series of walls presumably abandoned during the III century B.C.
The oldest document that mentions Montalcino is dated 715 A.C. It is signed by the Longobard King Liutprando. This document reports a dispute between the Bishop of Arezzo and the Bishop of Siena regarding the possession of some Parish churches in Montalcino. Yet another old document, dated 814, indicates the donation of territory of Montalcino from Ludovico il Pio to Abbazia of Sant’Antimo, a wonderful example of architecture, only 9 Km from Montalcino.

According to the legend, the Abbey was founded in an ancient votive chapel erected by Charlemagne in 781 and was later rebuilt between 1000 and 1118. This extraordinary example of Romanesque Lombard-French architecture made in onyx and alabaster reveals its exceptional in its apse externally formed by radial chapels along an internalambulatory and ist capitals ornamented whith geometrical floral motifs and animals figures: the representation of Daniele in the Lion den, recently attributed to the Master of Cabestany, stands out.

Named a City, then diocese in 1462 by Pope Pio II Piccolomini, Montalcino sustained historical moments of great tension due to the dispute between Frorence and Siena and over the dominance of territory. After Siena's surrender to the Medici family in 1555, exiled Siennese sought shelter in the power fortress of the town and founded the Republic of Siena in Montalcino which rule until 1559. From that time on, Montalcino would be subject to the rule of the grand Duchy of Tuscany.

Touring the city, it is possible to admire many medieval structures beginning with surrounding Wall with its gates and remains of some its towers, the City Hall (XIII century), the Porticos of Piazza del Popolo (with its arches from the XIV and XV century); the Cathedralin neo-classic style (built on a parish Church of the XI century); theSanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso (erected in the XVII century on the site of a XV century church); Saint Egidio (also know as the Siennese Church, built in the XIV century); and the wonderful churches from 1300s, Saint Agostino (with frescos of the Siennese school of the XIV century) and Saint Francesco (whit the annex of Monastery which open to beautiful cloisters). This church still holds frescos from the 1500s by Vincenzo Tamagni the same artist responsible for the frescos in the old Studiolo,  locaded in the complex of Spedale di Santa Maria della Croce (XIII century), presentily home of the City Hall.

Within the ancient rooms of S. Agostino’s monastery is situated theMuseum of Montalcino, one of the most important collections of archeological, medieval and modern art in the district of Siena. The collection offers an almost complete view of this important Tuscan town’s artistic production.

A fixed date in the life of Montalcino is the Festival of the Thrush which is celebrated on the last Sunday of October. The four Quarters of Montalcino – Borghetto, Pianello, Ruga and Travaglio – challenge each others in an archery competition that recall hunting wild boar in medieval times, while a long parede with magnificent costumes crosses the streets of the town accompanied by the traditional music and dance of the folk group Il Trescone.


For more information visit:
www.montalcinonet.com
www.prolocomontalcino.com

 


Accommodation list:
 

Guest Houses
Name Contacts Address Notes
ANNA +39 0577 848666 website email VIA COSTA DELLE CASERME, 4 Services: credit cards
BENOCCI LORENZO +39 0577 835615 website email LOC. CASTELNUOVO DELL'ABATE Services: parking lots
CASA DEGLI ORSI +39 3407155410 email VIA RICASOLI, 25 Services: pets allowed
CENTOLANI MARISA +39 0577 849454 website email STRADA MAREMMANA - LOC. FRIGGIALI Services: credit cards
FONTEPETRI +39 0577 806241 LOC. FONTEPETRI, 46 Services: credit cards
GENERALI ROBERTA +39 347 8446166 VIA OSTICCIO Services: parking lots
GIANNELLI FRANCA +39 0577 849384 VIA DELLE SCUOLE Services: pets allowed
GIANNETTI GIULIANA +39 0577 808002 FRAZ. SANT'ANGELO SCALO Services: conditioned air
IL BARLANZONE +39 0577 846120 website email VIA RICASOLI, 33 Services: credit cards
IL BORGHETTO +39 0577 835769 email BORGO DI SOTTO, 2 - LOC. CASTELN.ABATE  
IL RIFUGIO D'ALTRI TEMPI +39 0577 848314 VIA PANFILO DELL'OCA, 3  
IL RIFUGIO DI PERUGINI FRANCESCA +39 0577 849178 VIA PANFILO DELL'OCA, 3  
IL SOGNO DEL MUSICISTA +39 3403959158 website email VIA SPAGNI, 51  
LA TORRE +39 347 4007457 VIA BANDI, 1 - LOC. MONTALCINO  
LE CAMERE DI BACCO +39 0577 846021 website email VIA MAZZINI, 65  
MINOCCI FRANCA A +39 0577 844155 website email VIA DEL PARADISO, 17  
PESCATORI MARIA GRAZIA +39 0577 84725 website email VIA PANFILO DELL'OCA, 23 Services: pets allowed
PICCIOLO FRANCESCO +39 0577 847204 email VIA SPAGNI, 2 - LOC. MONTALCINO Services: conditioned air
PIERANGIOLI ANTONIO +39 0577 849113 PIAZZA DEL POPOLO, 28 Services: pets allowed
ZANNONI GIOVANNA +39 0577 849146 PIAZZA SAN BIAGIO, 6 – VIA DEL PINO  


Farm houses
Name Contacts Address Notes
ANTICA GRANCIA DI QUERCECCHIO +39 0577 839148 website email LOC. QUERCECCHIO, 7 Services: swimming pool
BORGO VILLA A TOLLI +39 0577 848498 email LOC. VILLA A TOLLI Services: pets allowed
CAMIGLIANO +39 0577 816061 website email VIA D'INGRESSO, 2 - LOC. CAMIGLIANO  
CANAPACCIA +39 3475318631 VIA CASSIA, 2 - LOC. CANAPACCIA Services: pets allowed
CAPRILI +39 0577 848566 website email VIA CAPRILI, 268 - LOC. S RESTITUITA  
CASELLA DE' VECCHI +39 0577 834246 PODERE CASELLA - FRAZ. TORRENIERI  
CASELLA PIANACCI +39 0577 834291 PODERE CASELLA - FRAZ. TORRENIERI Services: pets allowed
CENTRO AGRITURISTICO LA CROCE +39 0577 849463 LOC. LA CROCE  
COL DI LAMO PODERE GROSSETO +39 0577 834433 website email PODERE GROSSETO, 28 - FRAZ. TORRENIERI  
COLLESASSI +39 0577 834086 website email PODERE RISVEGLIO, 68 - FRAZ. TORRENIERI  
COLSERENO +39 0577 847030    
DEI BARBI +39 0577 841111 website email LOC. PODERNOVI, 17 Services: pets allowed
DONDOLINI GIGLIOLA +39 0577 848388 PODERE CASELLA, 77 Services: pets allowed
FERRAIOLE +39 0577 835796 website email LOC. CASTELNUOVO ABATE  
FERRO +39 0577 848372 LOC. PODERE FERRO 101  
FIESOLE +39 0577 834029 TRAVERSA DEI MONTI - LOC. FIESOLE Services: pets allowed
IL COCCO +39 0577 848650 website email PODERE IL COCCO - LOC. VILLA A TOLLI Services: pets allowed
IL PARADISO DI FRASSINA +39 0577 839031 website email LOC. FRASSINA, 41 Services: credit cards
IL POGGIONE +39 0577 .844029 website email LOC. CAPANNACCE-S.ANGELO IN COLLE  
LA CASELLA DI BOCCARDI MARCELLA +39 348 3530320 website email LOC. LA CASELLA  
LA CROCIONA +39 0577 848007 website email LOC. LA CROCE, 15 Services: swimming pool
LA FONTE +39 0577 835780 LOC. CASTELNUOVO ABATE Services: swimming pool
LA PALAZZETTA +39 0577 835631 website email FRAZ. CASTELNUOVO ABATE Services: pets allowed
LA RASINA +39 0577 848536 website email LOC. RASINA, 132 Services: pets allowed
LE 7 CAMICIE +39 335 6363730 website email S.P. DI SANT'ANTIMO KM 1+2 Services: pets allowed
LE BENDUCCE +39 0577 848665 PODERE BENDUCCE, 29 Services: swimming pool
LE CHIUSE +39 0577 846064 website email LOC. LE CHIUSE - FRAZ. PULLERA Services: pets allowed
LE RAGNAIE +39 0577 848639 website email PODERE RAGNAIE, 264 Services: swimming pool
MARCHESATO DEGLI ALERAMICI +39 0577 816007 website email PODERE IL GALAMPIO - LOC. CAMIGLIANO Services: pets allowed
MOLINO DI SANT'ANTIMO +39 0577 897220 website email LOC. CASTELNUOVO DELL'ABATE Services: swimming pool
PIETRAFOCAIA +39 0577 848578 website email PODERE PIETRAFOCAIA, 27 Services: pets allowed
PIETRANERA +39 0577 835525 FRAZ. MONTE AMIATA SCALO  
PIOMBAIA- ROSSI CANTINI +39 0577 847197 website email PODERE PIOMBAIA Services: pets allowed
PODERE CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA +39 0577 848316 website email LOC. CASACCIA  
PODERE COLLUPINO +39 0577 877500 email FRAZ. SANT'ANGELO SCALO  
PODERE COLOMBAIO +39 0577 835616 website email FRAZ. CASTELNUOVO DELL'ABATE Services: pets allowed
PODERE GIARDINO +39 340 7031201 website email FRAZ. S.ANGELO IN COLLE Services: swimming pool
PODERE SALICUTTI +39 0577 847003 website email PODERE SALICUTTI, 174 Services: pets allowed
PODERE SAN CARLO +39 0577 847046 website email PODERE SAN CARLO Services: pets allowed
PODERNOVONE +39 0577 849337 website email LOC. PODERNOVONE, 157 Services: credit cards
POGGIARELLI +39 0577 847126 PODERE POGGIARELLI  
POGGIARELLINO +39 0577 848726 website email LOC. POGGIARELLINO  
POGGIO AL SOLE +39 3479433423 website FRAZ. CASTELNUOVO DELL'ABATE Services: swimming pool
POGGIO DI SOPRA +39 0577 847212 website email FRAZ. CASTELNUOVO DELL'ABATE  
POSTA L'ORCIAIA DI ARGIANO +39 0577 839143 website email LOC. SANT'ANGELO IN COLLE Services: swimming pool
S. FILIPPO +39 0577 847176 website email LOC. S FILIPPO, 134 Services: swimming pool
SAN GIUSEPPE +39 0577 835754 website email PODERE SAN GIUSEPPE, 35 - FRAZ. C.ABATE Services: swimming pool
SANTA MARIA +39 0577 847081 website email LOC. SANTA MARIA, 298 Services: credit cards
SOCCORSO +39 0577 848187 website email LOC. PODERE SOCCORSO  
SOLARIA +39 0577 849426 website email PODERE CAPANNA, 102  
TENUTA CAPARZO +39 0577 848390 website email LOC. CAPARZO Services: swimming pool
TENUTA LA PODERINA +39 0577 835737 website email FRAZ. CASTELNUOVO DELL'ABATE Services: pets allowed
TENUTA OLIVETO +39 0577 835542 LOC. OLIVETO - FRAZ. CASTELNUOVO ABATE Services: swimming pool
TERRE DI SALCETA +39 0577 839051 VIA PODERNOVO SALCETA, 374 Services: pets allowed
VENTOLAIO DI FANTI LUIGI +39 0577 835779 LOC. VENTOLAIO Services: pets allowed
VERBENA +39 0577 848432 website email PODERE I VERBI, 152 Services: swimming pool
VILLA CASANUOVA +39 0577 835525 website email LOC. CASANUOVA Services: swimming pool

 

Hotels
Name Contacts Address Notes
CASTELLO BANFI - IL BORGO +39 0577 877700 website email LOC. POGGIO ALLE MURA Services: conditioned air
CASTELLO DI VELONA +39 0577 800101 website email LOC. VELONA Services: conditioned air
DEI CAPITANI +39 0577 847227 website email VIA LAPINI, 6 Services: conditioned air
DEI CAPITANI DIPENDENZA +39 0577 847227 website email VIA LAPINI, 6 Services: conditioned air
GIARDINO +39 0577 848257 email PIAZZA CAVOUR, 4  
IL BORGO +39 0577 807078 website email LOC. CASTIGLION DEL BOSCO Services: alimenti
IL GIGLIO +39 0577 848167 website email SOCCORSO SALONI, 5 Services: credit cards
IL GRAPPOLO +39 0577 848668 email VIA OSTICCIO, 19 Services: parking lots
RISTORANTE AL BRUNELLO DI MONTALCINO +39 0577 849304 website email TRAVERSA OSTICCIO Services: parking lots
VECCHIA OLIVIERA +39 0577 846028 website email PORTA CERBAIA ANGOLO VIA LANDI Services: conditioned air

 

Bed and breakfast
Name Contacts Address Notes
B&B PALAZZINA CESIRA +39 0577 846055 VIA S.SALONI, 2  
B&B PORTA CASTELLANA +39 0577 839001 website email VIA SANTA LUCIA, 20  
BENDINI LORETTA   SOCCORSO SALONI, 74  
BIANCHINI NADA +39 0577 849161 VIA MOGLIO, 9  
CASTELLARE +39 3288441769 email TRAVERSA CASTELLARE 29- TORRENIERI  
VILLA LE PRATA B&B +39 0577 848325 website email LOC. LE PRATA, 261  

 

Holyday houses
Name Contacts Address Notes
CENTRO COLLINARE L'OSSERVANZA +39 3398299314 email LOC. OSSERVANZA Services: alimenti
SANTA MARIA MADDALENA +39 0577 834555 LOC. TORRENIERI  

 

Holyday houses
Name Contacts Address Notes
CANTINI VITTORIO +39 0577 847197 website email LOC. CROCINA Services: pets allowed
CASA VACANZE CASARBIA +39 3391157408 email LOC. ABBADIA ARDENGA Services: pets allowed
CASA VACANZE PORTA VECCHIA +39 0577 844155 website email FRAZ. S. ANGELO IN COLLE Services: parking lots
LA PIEVE +39 0577 816604 website email S.P. MAREMMANA - LOC. POGGIO ALLE MURA Services: credit cards
MONTECAPRILI +39 0577 835518 website email FRAZ. CASTELNUOVO ABATE Services: credit cards
NANNETTI ROBERTO +39 0577 835501 LOC. MONTE AMIATA SCALO, 1 Services: parking lots
PETRI MARIA FLORIA +39 0577 848054 website email VIA PIERI, 96 - LOC. I PIERI Services: parking lots
RESIDENZA PALAZZO SALONI +39 0577 846025 email VIA SOCCORSO SALONI, 31 Services: credit cards
SARAGIOLO +39 06 30893315 LOC. I CAPPUCCINI Services: parking lots
VILLA S. MARIA +39 041 990508 website email VIA LANDI, 33 Services: parking lots
VILLA TUSCO +39 0577 846021 VIA ROMANA, 6 - LOC. TORRENIERI  

 

Holiday residences
Name Contacts Address Notes
BRIZIO +39 0577 849419 website email LOC. BRIZIO Services: credit cards