Overview of Montalcino
The tourist office is in 1 Costa Municipio right off Piazza del Popolo. Phone: 0039 0577 84 93 31.
The Orcia Valley is home to the pretty town of Montalcino, most famous for its internationally known wine Brunello. You can experience this ambrosian wine at several cellars around the town (bottles go from 20 Euros up), or taste the still very good, but distant cousin, Rosso di Montalcino wine. For those of you loving Jazz and wine, the second and third week in July is the period you want to be in Montalcino. During this period the town lives up for the Jazz and Wine Festival. Montalcino is a well worthy town to see. Plan at least half a day to visit it in relax.
How to Get There
BY BUS: To and from Sienasix buses daily take 1 hour and a half to get there. BY CAR: On the road that connects Florence to Rome (Cassia road) called SR2 take SP14 to Montalcino.
What to See
The Museo Civico e Diocessano d'Arte Sacra is at 31 Via Ricasoli just off Piazza Sant'Agostino and holds important pieces from Sano di Pietro, Andrea di Bartolo and others from the Sienese school. Phone 0039 0577 84 60 14.
A walk through the Fortress will give you free spectacular views of the Valdorcia from the courtyard of the fortress, and for a fee you can admire them from the top of the walls. Tickets can be bought at the enoteca, wine-bar, where you can taste the Brunello and other wines with the professional advise of a certified somelier.
Every Friday Market is a great occasion to dwell into the true Italian lifestyle. In Via della Liberta'.
Where to Eat
The Taverna Il Grappolo Blu offers delicious culinary inventions created with original Tuscan ingredients. Phone: 0039 0577 84 71 50
Boccon Di Vino offers a familiar, warm environment for few people. Tasty meat dishes such as the scottiglia (wild boar stewed in Brunello and vegetables), onion soup, porcini mushrooms, and tagliata (steak sirloin finely sliced and slightly sautee in rosemary olive oil). Phone: 0039 0577 84 82 33
Main Towns of Valdorcia
Radicofani, Sarteano, Cetona,
San Quirico D'Orcia,
Bagni San Filippo,
Abbadia and Monte Amiata
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