Back in the Middle Age, this area used to be divided into four ecclesiastic districts: Arezzo, Chiusi, Grosseto and Siena. This division reflected the ancient Etruscan lucumons of Arezzo, Chiusi, Roselle and Volterra. Many remains of that age have been preserved in the local Archaeological museum of Montalcino.
The local history is famous for a number of mysterious stories and tales that throughout the decades have been handed down from father to son. The main reason for all this mysterious origin of the village is due to the destruction of the Abbazia of St Antimo, where the ancient archives was retained.
The most recent and relevant information about Montalcino date back at the XII century, when the town was contended between Siena and Florence. Very soon Montalcino had to preserve its freedom from the threat of Siena, when the dark menace of a war was surrounding Tuscany. The ancient castle was firstly conquered and destroyed by Siena, but later on it was reoccupied by the local noble families, thanks to the help of Florence, which was the main Siena’s enemy, contending wealth and opulence of the area. Throughout the further ages, the town has always been disputed and a classic Tuscany power struggle.
Once Montalcino got back to Siena in 1269, in order to avoid other defeats and to ensure a peaceful era, it was built a new castle: the so-called “Rocca”, with the aim to control the centre of the town. The castle is still intact and still represent the best symbol of Montalcino and its people: a classic example of Medieval Italian castle. It was built following the ancient town walls, reporting a pentagonal plan with towers in each of the five corners. Beside the South-Eastern towers, you will find the donjon while inside you can admire the abbey. Going down to the centre, you will certainly notice on the right the Monastery of St Agostino and a lovely church dated back to the XIV century, followed by Palazzo Vescovile.
This is a magnificent evidence of history and culture that provides to all visitors an unique experience to live and remember forever: once you start discovering the old town centre with all its narrow and lovely streets, you can’t stop from falling in love with all the magic atmosphere of Tuscany, something that you will bring home and make feel yourself richer.
Strongly linked with the local culture and history, we can’t miss to mention and give a personal tribute to the “local wine star”: the Brunello of Montalcino. This is a Must for anyone hanging around Tuscany and who is after the real unique experience of the most famous Italian lifestyle.
Brunello di Montalcino is a red Italian wine produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montalcino. Brunello, is the unofficial name of the clone of Sangiovese grown in the Montalcino region. The Brunello di Montalcino was awarded the first Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) almost thirty years ago and that was just the beginning of an astonishing “career” for the local wine, that has become The Italian wine for all the wine connoisseur. It is indeed one of the Italy's best-known and most expensive wines ever, but It’s definitely worth it.
As every single village in Tuscany, Montalcino has plenty of delicious food and wine tours: you just need to choose one of it and you’ll be designated to live and taste and smell the reasons for which Tuscany has become home for hundreds of people looking for the perfect balance where to live and relax.
Tasting wine, having the best food ever, enjoying grappa at the end of the meal, walking around the hills and among the river, feeling the warm sun is what is just waiting for you to be lived. If you’re keen on these kind of experiences, go and pick the most suitable solution for you and your friends.
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