Welcome to Montalcino, a hilltown with a medieval charm, which offers its visitors enchanting little corners tucked between craft shops and those selling local specialities (which, apart from the famous wines, are honey and biscuits known as “ossi di morto” or “dead man’s bones”), small cafes and evocative views of history and culture such as the Town Hall (Palazzo Comunale), Bishops Palace (Palazzo Vescovile), the site of the former Augustine convent (Convento di Sant'Agostino), now the town museum and diocesan art gallery (Museo Civico e Diocesano d’Arte Sacra), which contains works from important Siennese artists from 13th-16th centuries. Also of particular merit are the churches of Sant'Agostino, Sant'Egidio and San Francesco.
In the surrounding countryside, at Castelnuovo d'Abate, is the Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, an intimate but impressive abbey, with an almost fairytale-like atmosphere, founded by Charlemagne in 781. Numerous castles can be found in the Montalcino area: the Castello di Argiano, the Castello Poggio alle Mure, Fortezza Romitorio.

From the hill where its thirteenth century fortress rises up majestically, Montalcino dominates the surrounding valleys which stretch between Monte Amiata and Siena in the splendid UNESCO-protected Val d’Orcia – with its many colours and forms changing with each season. Monuments, abbeys, villas and castles punctuate this landscape marked by sloping vines, woods, hot springs, agricultural land and bare hills, a natural heritage that has given the world one of its most highly prized wines, Brunello di Montalcino.
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