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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

Agriturismo Le Ragnaie
Agriturismo Le Ragnaie
Localita Le Ragnaie, Montalcino, SI
The price is CA $127 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in a provincial park, this agritourism property is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Fortress of Montalcino and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Museum of Brunello. Abbazia ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (268 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
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 CA $542 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Situated in a national park, this luxury hotel is 1.6 mi (2.5 km) from Abbazia di Sant'Antimo and 6.5 mi (10.5 km) from Fortress of Montalcino. Horti Leonini ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (264 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 Reserve. ...

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
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Montalcino

Castel Brunello
Castel Brunello
The price is CA $304 per night from Oct 27 to Oct 28

Situated in a rural location, this apartment building is within 6 miles (10 km) of Poggio Antico, Abbazia di Sant'Antimo and Fortress of Montalcino. Civic and ...

5/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)

"Lovely apartment and amenities! They also have a heated pool which can be used in the evenings."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 5, 2019

Castel Brunello
Villa del Fattore
Villa del Fattore
Monte Amiata Scalo, 1, Montalcino
The price is CA $198 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Situated in Montalcino, this apartment building is within 9 miles (15 km) of Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, Museum of Brunello and Garden of Daniel Spoerri. Fortress ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Bel soggiorno in Val d’Orcia

"Cordiali e simpatici, calorosa l’accoglienza di Alessio. Alloggio molto bello, pulito e curato nei dettagli. Cena buona e porzioni abbondanti. Uniche note negative la piscina, così descritta sul sito ma in realtà è una vasca di quelle senza filtraggio quindi l’acqua purtroppo non era pulita, e la ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 18, 2020

Villa del Fattore
Villa Santa Maria
Villa Santa Maria
Via Landi 33, Montalcino, SI

Situated in Montalcino, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Fortress of Montalcino and Civic and Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of Montalcino. Capanna ...

Villa Santa Maria
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Top things to do in Montalcino

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Brunello di Montalcino Small Group Wine Tour from Siena

CA $295
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tasting from Siena
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Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tasting from Siena

CA $109
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Brunello Wine Tour
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Montalcino Castle & Vineyards Tour with Tasting
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Montalcino Castle & Vineyards Tour with Tasting

CA $42
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Tasting by Night Including Dinner
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Reviews of Montalcino

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Jul 9, 2019

Nice place but not much to do.

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