Montalcino is a village perched on the hills overlooking Siena and is surrounded by vineyards that have made them famous. Their location is at the edge of the agricultural area known as Val di Orcia. The altitude and climate surrounding the village contribute to the uniqueness of the wine.
The town is perched atop a rocky mountain that is surrounded by a historic agricultural area known as the Val di Orcia. The road to the village winds around the town with narrow hairpin turns. At the top of the hill in the village you will find churches, gas station, grocery stores and an amazing view of the Tuscany landscape. The village is located inside 13th century walls which were erected to protect the village from the feudal wars that raged between Siena and Florence.
If you arrive during the autumn season you will meet an amazing display of colors as the vineyards and trees change their colors for the season. From the town center there are several scenic views where you can gaze out over the vineyards and the Siena countryside. If you get in the right position and on a clear day, the view will extend back to the town of Siena.
Montalcino is a bit off the beaten path for tourists, and the town is very agriculturally oriented. You will see rugged and grizzled farmers driving their trucks through the vineyards. And not everyone speaks English. So if you want an authentic Tuscany adventure this is the place.
Within a short drive you can visit the historic towns and villages of Val di Orcia, Pienza, Montepulciano and Siena.