The medieval village of
Trequanda is crowned by the remnants of the ancient Cacciaconti castle.
There is also the parish church of the Saints Peter and Andrea, dating
back to the 13th century. It is a beautiful Romanesque-gothic construction
with a particular facade covered with white and ochre colour stones
forming a geometrical chessboard pattern.
San Giovanni has a castle, which in November hosts the famous White
The ancient Romanesque church of San Giovanni Battista is close to the
castle, while in the lower part of the village lies the most important
church in the area San Pietro in Villore.
Within the locality is the picturesque village of Montisi, with its Chiesa
dell'Annunziata and its historical grain tower. Here, every year, on the
Sunday nearest to the 5th of August (the Festival of the Madonna delle
Nevi and a jousting contest - the "Giostra di Simone" - takes place.
Montalcino is completely surrounded by ancient walls and some of the
original 19 towers can still be seen, as well as some of the fountains.
The impressive fortress, built in the second half of the 16th century is
still intact and from its ramparts there are magnificent views across the
Val d'Orcia. The surrounding countryside is now devoted to the production
of the wine acclaimed throughout the world - the Brunello, and the younger
Rosso di Montalcino. Friday is market day
The Abbey of Sant'Antimo, which is about ten minutes from Montalcino is
also well worth a visit. You may be lucky and hear the monks chanting.
Torneo di Apertura della Cacce
(Tournament for the Opening of the Hunting Season) - Second Sunday in
This festival marks the beginning of hunting season. The festival starts
with trumpeters and drummers. In the afternoon, a costumed procession
proceeds to the fortress where archers from the four neighbourhoods (Borghetto,
Pianello, Ruga, and Travaglio) compete in an archery tournament.
del Tordo (Festival of the Thrush) - Last Sunday of October
The festival kicks off with a town crier who walks through the streets
announcing the start of the festival to the accompaniment of drums. A
dance called the Trescone is performed in the streets. Later a procession
to the fortress takes pace with residents in 14th century costumes,
rolling flags, trumpets and drums. This marks the beginning of the food
fair, which includes typical local dishes such as polenta, pinci,
bruschetta etc, as well as Brunello and Roso di Montalcino. At the
fortress, the four neighbourhoods (Borghetto, Pianello, Ruga, and
Travaglio) compete in an archery tournament and a torchlight procession
marks the end of the festivities.