Enclosed within the valleys of the rivers Orcia, Arbia,
Asso and Ombrone, abounding of forests of oak, chestnut and ilex trees,
Montalcino overlooks all the surrounding countryside, situated on a hill
at the height of 564 metres, on top of which dominates the imposing pentagonal
fortress of the 14th century.
to visit are the beautiful Town Hall, the Episcopal palace, the Romanic-Gothic
church of Sant'Egidio and the contemporaneous Sant'Agostino. The Civic
and Diocesan Museum host painting of the School of Siena, with works by
Bartolo di Fredi, Sano di Pietro, Luca di Tommè.
countryside is mainly covered by vineyards which produce world wide famous
high quality wines, among which the renown D.O.C.G. Brunello certainly
occupies a place of distinction. Montalcino is also famous for its olive
oil, the honey and its derivative products, ham, sausages, salami and
the dairy products.