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The pretty Tuscan hill town of Montalcino is about 25 miles southeast of Siena, and perhaps best known for its exceptional Brunello di Montalcino wine.

The founding of Montalcino is closely associated with the nearby Abbey of Sant'Antimo – the monks likely established a church on this hill in the 9th century as they were establishing their monastery. The medieval walls (dating from the 13th century) still surround part of the city, and the 14th century fortress still occupies the summit of the hill. Many of the buildings in Montalcino date from the 13th-14th centuries.

As you might expect from a wine-producing town, many of the slopes of the hills surrounding Montalcino are covered in vineyards. The famous Brunello di Montalcino is made from local sangiovese grapes, and is responsible for much of the economic growth of the town in recent decades. Montalcino and another wine-producing town nearby, Montepulciano, are great day trips in Tuscany for wine lovers.

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Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

Brunello di Montalcino, a collector’s favorite, is internationally recognized as one of the best Italian red wines. On this full-day guided tour from Siena, ...  Read more

Location: Siena, Italy
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $185.83

Tuscany in One Day Sightseeing Tour from Rome

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 509 Reviews

See the very best of Tuscany on a full-day trip from Rome! Traveling to the stunning Val d'Orcia region, south of Siena, you'll be introduced to a beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $177.57

Montalcino and Abbazia di Sant’Antimo Day Trip from Siena including Wine-Tasting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Explore Montalcino, the home of Brunello di Montalcino wine, on a half-day trip from Siena, and visit Abbazia di Sant’Antimo, too! Discover Montalcino’s ...  Read more

Location: Siena, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.31

4-Day Tuscany and Cinque Terre Tour from Rome

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

Get to know gorgeous Tuscany and the UNESCO-listed Cinque Terre on this incredible 4-day tour from Rome! With 4-star hotel accommodation in Siena and La Spezia ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $667.60

Tuscany Small-Group Day Trip from Florence Including Chianti Wine Tastings and Lunch

Swap the urban sights of Florence for the villages, scenery, wine and food of Tuscany on a small-group day trip! With a driver-guide, explore the Chianti, ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $261.53

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