Montalcino + Montepulciano
Small gastronomy shops, narrow streets and the reality of this small country had inspired the genuineness and dedication of the people who had created and produced what probably is the best Italian wine. Brunello di Montalcino.
The history of this village started with the first Etruscans' allocations during the Hellenistic period and it continued with the construction of defensive fortress in the VI century ac as well as with various building works taken place to defend the village. However, it was abandoned and left to ruin until approximately the III century ac.
The first written document about Montalcino is dated 715dc and is signed by the King of the Lombards. It regulates a dispute Bishops regarding the property of some churches.
In the 815dc other documents told us about the Montalcino's territory donation to the Abbey of Saint Antimo, which, according to the legend, was funded by Charlemagne in 781dc.
Later, in the Renaissance, there were some disputes going on between Senesi and Florentines.
After the taking of Siena by the Florentines in 1555 Siena people became refugees where they were protected by the walls of Montalcino. Refugees of the war established the Siena Republic which was legitimate until 1559.
Later in that year the territory was annexed to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and controlled by the Florentines.
In addition to the ancient walls, gates and Montalcino's towers one can admire the Town Hall, the churches of St. Francis and St. Augustine having examples of Senesi painting school, the Cathedral, the archades and much more.
You can indulge yourself in an atmosphere of calmness and peace of mind experiencing the walk of life - marked by the seasons and the production of the famous Brunello di Montalcino wine which is the great attraction of the place.
The area that surrounds the country is what gives the name to the famous wine, and here, you can find many wine cellars to visit and many wine tasting events to go to - from the most famous producers as Biondi Santi to small cellars.
You will be given a real opportunity to taste this Tuscan treasure directly from small farms and to get in touch with the producers of this precious wine directly from the source.
You might have already heard about this splendid city for its renowned wine, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, acknowledged as one of the best Italian wines by many connoisseurs. Located on a hill in the Val di Chiana, >Montepulciano is one of the most attractive towns in Tuscany.
The name of the city derives from Latin "Mons" and "Publicianus" ("Mount of Publicianus"). In the ancient Etruscan time the city was called Nocera Alfaterna, whereas today it presents a medieval and Renaissance appearance.
The Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo Tarugi, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and many other luxurious residences and churches are the legacy of a period of splendour that the city lived in the mid-16th century.
Ippolito Scalza and other distinguished architects and artists from the same period have left in this town signs of their genius. Furthermore, The town is encircled by walls and fortifications designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Elder in 1511 for Cosimo I.
If you happen to take an enjoyflorence tour to Montepulciano< during the summer, you might want to check out a few interesting events going on here every year. For instance, on the 14th, 15th and 16th of August you might attend a festival called the Bruscello, when hordes of actors reenact scenes from the town's turbulent history.
On the last Sunday in August ther is the Bravio delle Botti. A parade through the streets followed by a barrel race and a banquet to end the day.
Part of the film New Moon from the Twilight saga (which is set in Volterra) has been filmed in Montepulciano.