Montalcino is a small hillside town in Tuscany, its noted for its wine, Brunello di Montalcino. There town is beautiful with its narrow windy streets, arches and stunning views over the countryside. The name, Montalcino comes from a type of oak tree that once covered the land. Montalcino also has a castle at the highest point of the town and was built in 1361. The castle incorporates some of the earlier town walls, that date back to the 13th century. Although Montalcino was its own town, it did align itself with Siena and during the wars between Florence and Siena from the 12th century onward it was caught in the crossfire and eventually taken over, while the castle was never taken. The castle has changed little through the years and remains largely intact.
We went to Montalcino after getting lost a few times, in time for lunch and a gelati. On our way into the town we passed this beautiful church, called ‘The Church of the Madonna del Soccorso’. The church was built in 1330 on the remains of the previous church and has undergone expansion and changes several times over the centuries and this can be seen in the different styles like the facade and bell tower.
Our walk into town took us past the Church of the Madonna del Soccorso and past the wild poppies that grow everywhere in spring in Tuscany.
The town is very beautiful and even has its own castle. We didn’t have the time or the inclination to walk around the walls as it was freezing and we hadn’t brought our jumpers. The castle an impressive, solid structure overlooking the town. We did walk around the inside and found on the ground a baby owl. We were not sure if it had fallen from its nest or not, but staff arrived to attend to it as we were leaving.
Walking around the streets of this beautiful town.
The castle at Montalcino with its large quadrangle and the little lost owl.
Written by Ava, Photos and captions by mum