UNESCO site since 2004, a marriage of art and landscape, geographical space and ecosystem, it is the expression of wonderful natural characteristics, but it is also the result and testimony of the people who live there.
In the maze of alleys, among artisan shops, small cafés and typical food resales, to see are the beautiful Town Hall, the Bishop's Palace and the churches of Sant'Agostino, Sant'Egidio and San Francesco, all built between the thirteenth and the fourteenth centuries, as well as the sanctuary of Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Aid).
Built in 1381 by Domenico di Feo and Mino Foresi, the fortress is based on an irregular pentagon with slender corner towers placed on each of the corners and encompasses part of the walls and towers of the previous century.
Set up in the ancient premises of the former convent of Sant'Agostino in Montalcino, it is one of the most important museums of medieval and modern art and archeology of the Province of Siena. The collection offers an almost complete overview of the artistic production of this Tuscan centre.
Sant'Antimo is an ancient abbey inhabited by Benedictine monks and founded, according to legend, by Charlemagne. The church, built in the twelfth century, is considered one of the masterpieces of medieval architecture.
The Convento dell'Osservanza, with the adjoining churches of the Nativity of Mary and the Society of San Bernardino, is a sacred complex dating back to the sixteenth century that is located in the municipality of Montalcino.
Half of the territory of the Municipality of Montalcino, that is 12,000 hectares, is covered with forest, the characteristic maquis, where one hundred and two species of plants among trees and shrubs, grow spontaneously.
The small fortified village, from the top of its 500 metres, looks at the surrounding panorama in all directions. It overlooks the lands of Brunello, the dense woods of holm oaks and Mount Amiata, up to the vast Maremma plain.
UNESCO site since 1996 represents the first application of the Renaissance humanist notion of urban planning and occupies a fundamental position in the development of the concept of the "ideal city" project.
Unique in Italy for the thermal pool located in the central square, the village was built in renaissance times around the large pool located exactly above the original spring already used by the ancient Romans.
Among the hills of the municipality of San Quirico d'Orcia, these cypress trees represent the naturalistic and landscape symbol, not only of the municipality and the area in which they are located, but of the entire Tuscany.
This small chapel, framed between two rows of cypress trees, was dedicated to our Lady who once appeared to a young shepherdess. However small and remote, to this day it is one of the icons of the landscape of Val d'Orcia.
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