Why visit MONTALCINO?
Because it is located in a border area between the Val d'Orcia and Mount Amiata, combining in this way, hills with a thousand shades of colors and mountains, ideal for skiing in winter. Montalcino is a very small town to visit: it still has 13 churches and 5 parish churches, excluding the numerous chapels and oratories of the neighboring hamlets. Despite being a village of only 5000 inhabitants, it is internationally known for the quality of its red wine, the Brunello di Montalcino, with the possibility of tasting and visiting the vineyards. A few kilometers away, it survives from the VIIIth century AD one of the most representative Romanesque architecture of the Tuscan style, the abbey of Sant'Antimo, today a monastic complex, Olivetani, which preserves the Carolingian Chapel, the Chapter Room, the Cloister and the Abbatial Church. The abbeys were used as a stop by pilgrims to Rome, merchants, soldiers and messengers. The Abbey of Sant'Antimo benefited in particular from being along the Via Francigena, which led from France to Rome and from there continued to Puglia where there were ports to embark at the time of the Holy Land, a destination for pilgrims and crusaders.