Montalcino

Montalcino is a small town located ca 40 km. faraway from Siena, over the hill of 600 mt. in height. Its territory, delimited by the rivers Ombrone, Asso and Orcia, extends to a surface area of more than 24.000 hectares.
The 50% of this territory is covered by wood; the remaining area is principally cultivated by vineyards, olive trees and cereals.

The name Montalcino, from Latin "Mons Ilcinus" i.e. ilex mountain, derives its origin from the holms in the thick woods by which the hills around were covered in the past.

The town grounded at the beginning of the Xth. century by the refugees coming from the town Roselle, maintains still intact its own town planning structure going back to the Middle Age, period of its maximal brightness and strong extension.

The tormented vicissitudes and the defensive needs gave to Montalcino a characteristic aspect. The Fortress, the churches, the steep small ways alternated by stairs, the small lanes the Municipal Building with its agile tower take you back in the time to a distant and very fascinating epoch.

Today Montalcino is a small architectural jewel set in a rare beauty landscape's that was kept uncontaminated by the non industrial development. Principal wealth is: agriculture, in particular viticulture, production and sell of Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, oil, honey and recently the development of tourism.


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