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Montalcino is a picturesque Italian hill town in the heart of Tuscany, just south of Siena. With its well-preserved medieval walls and the dramatic fortress tower that looms over the town, Montalcino is a landmark in the Tuscan countryside. In Renaissance times, Montalcino was an important ally of Siena. These days it is best-known in Italy for its outstanding red wine. In addition to attracting wine-lovers, Montalcino appeals to travelers who enjoy charming period architecture and the town's scenic location. Hotels.com, a leading online accommodation specialist, can offer a range of great Montalcino hotels from high-end to budget options. Secure your Montalcino accommodation in advance using the quick and easy Hotels.com reservation system and look forward to a relaxed stay in this stylish Tuscan town.
What's Montalcino Like?
Montalcino sits elegantly above the Tuscan countryside, a town made prosperous through producing superb wine. The old town is straight out of the 16th century, with the exception of the Rocca, or fortress, which dates from the 14th and now serves as the venue for the jazz and wine festival in July. The elegant main square, the Piazza del Popolo, features a Gothic loggia, an ornate and atmospheric 19th-century cafe, and the imposing Palazzo dei Priori, with its graceful clock tower. A convent building houses a museum devoted to religious art, with an impressive collection of paintings and carvings. One of the oldest buildings of Montalcino is the abbey of Sant'Antimo, originally an 8th-century Benedictine monastery and later the most important religious center in the region. Hiking trails around the Tuscan hills offer scenic and not-too-strenuous itineraries in the Val d'Orcia natural park, passing through vineyards, rustic villages and woods. Montalcino hotels offer the perfect base for exploring this attractive region of rural Tuscany.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Montalcino
Although Tuscany is a popular destination for English-speaking visitors, Montalcino is not on the standard tourist trail, so a few Italian phrases may be required in the restaurants and enotecas. One key phrase is "Brunello di Montalcino per favore", as the town's wine is regarded as among the finest in Italy. The trattorias of Montalcino offer typical Tuscan fare, with wild boar and game featuring prominently, in stews with cannellini beans or in pasta sauces. The Hotels.com site can help you narrow down our selection of Montalcino hotels to find the one that best fits your requirements. Our reviews from past guests provide honest and accurate ratings of the amenities, while sample room layouts and photo galleries create a clear impression of what to expect from Montalcino accommodation.