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Montalcino Fortress (Fortezza di Montalcino) Tours

Montalcino Fortress (Fortezza di Montalcino)
The lovely Tuscan hilltop town of Montalcino is world-famous for its rich red Brunello wines, but it also has a spectacular centro storico, with winding streets that lead up to the imposing five-sided Montalcino Fortress (Fortezza di Montalcino). Built in 1361 on top of earlier medieval structures, the site today includes a cobbled courtyard enclosed by sturdy watchtowers and a medieval chapel as well as a top-quality enoteca (wine shop) for tasting and selling the local Brunellos. The ramparts are open to walk around, offering spectacular views of the vineyards and olive groves of the Val d’Orcia.

In the Middle Ages, Montalcino was a settlement of considerable importance thanks to its proximity to the Via Francigena pilgrimage route between France and Rome, but under control of the Republic of Siena it became consistently embroiled in territory warfare with Florence. It was the last Tuscan town to hold out against the might of the Medicis, and although Siena fell in 1555 and despite a four-year siege, Montalcino's fortress never fell to Florentine troops. Cosimo I added its imposing ramparts in 1571, but the fortress lost its military significance soon after; over the years it housed a community of Benedictine monks but gradually fell into disrepair before restorations took place in the 1940s.

Practical Info

The fortress is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission costs €4 for adults and €2 for seniors and children. There is unfortunately no wheelchair-accessible entrance. Montalcino is 26 miles (42 km) south of Siena along the scenic SR2 and can be reached in 50 minutes. Alternatively, a bus from Siena takes an hour.
Address: Piazzale della Fortezza, Montalcino, Tuscany 53024, Italy
Hours: Tue–Sun 9am–6pm
Admission: Adults: €4, Seniors & children: €2
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Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena

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

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Spend a day sipping one of Italy’s top wines, Brunello di Montalcino, on this day trip from Siena. Led by an expert guide, travel to the cellars to learn about the production process and meet the locals behind the delicious red wine. Then, pause at a family-run winery for an authentic Tuscan lunch before exploring the village of Montalcino and the abbey of Sant'Antimo. Stop for additional tastings along the way and conclude with transportation back to Siena. Group size is reserved to eight people for a more intimate experience.
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  • 8 hours
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Half-Day Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour from Siena

Half-Day Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour from Siena

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Spend an afternoon in the wine town of Montalcino, tasting the prestigious Brunello di Montalcino and learning about wine production. This tour from Siena that tasting of local wine paired with salami and cured meat. Admire views of the Tuscan countryside from the pretty hill town and discover the region’s generations-old winemaking traditions.
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  • 5 hours
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San Gimignano, Chianti, and Montalcino Day Trip from Siena

San Gimignano, Chianti, and Montalcino Day Trip from Siena

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Visit San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, and Montalcino on a day trip from Siena, and discover medieval architecture, wine, and stunning views of Tuscany. With ample free time in each of the hill towns, the tour also includes lunch at a Monteriggioni winery plus samples of Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino wine.
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  • 11 hours
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Montalcino Fortress (Fortezza di Montalcino) hours of operation: Tue–Sun 9am–6pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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