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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to discover the captivating charm of Montalcino: – Montalcino is a charming hill town located in the province of Siena, Tuscany, central Italy. The town is situated to the west of Pienza, close to the Crete Senesi in Val d’Orcia. It is 42 kilometres from Siena, 110 kilometres from Florence, and 150 kilometres from Pisa. Monte Amiata is located nearby. Montalcino is one of the six medieval hill towns of Tuscany and is considered the motherland of Tuscany’s fullest, richest, and long-aging wine, Brunello di Montalcino. The town is a gem of history and art, buried deep in the hills of the Val D’Orcia. This medieval city immediately welcomes the visitor into its old medieval layout, scored as it is with straight, steep streets that have breathtaking panoramas waiting at the top. Montalcino is a beautiful historical town perched on a hilltop in Tuscany, Italy. The town is known to produce a delicious wine, the famous Rosso and Brunello di Montalcino, and is a lovely destination for a day out in Tuscany. The town is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, and visitors can enjoy local wines and olive oils at the many wineries and olive mills in the area. The town is also known for its delicious cuisine, which features fresh seafood, pasta, and other local specialties. Montalcino is a great place to explore on foot, with many charming streets and alleys to discover. The town’s main square, Piazza del Popolo, is a popular gathering place and is home to many cafes, restaurants, and shops. Visitors can also explore the Montalcino Fortress, which dates to the 14th century and offers stunning views of the surrounding area. Montalcino is a beautiful town with a rich history, stunning landscapes, and a vibrant culture.

Via della Circonvallazione is a street in Montalcino which runs from Via Traversa dei Monte to Via Pietro Strozzi. (Photo 1) – Via Pietro Strozzi is a street in Montalcino which runs from Via della Circonvallazione to Via Roma. (Photos 2-3-4-5-31-32-33) – The Fortezza di Montalcino is a pentagonal-shaped fortress built in the 14th century by the Sienese, using some of the existing city walls from the 13th century. It is in the southern part of the town of Montalcino. It was designed by the architects Mino Foresi and Domenico di Feo and completed in 1368. It has a tower at each corner, a chapel on the north side, and a bastion on the south-west side. It was the last stronghold of the Republic of Siena, which resisted the Florentine and Spanish siege until 1559. Today, it is open to visitors and hosts a wine shop and a museum. The fortress has several loopholes and trapdoors along the walls, which were used to drop stones on the attackers. The fortress incorporates some older structures, such as the mastio of San Martino, the tower of San Giovanni, and the nave of the ancient basilica of San Egidio. It offers a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside and the town of Montalcino. (Photo 6) – The Piazzale Fortezza Montalcino is a square in front of the Fortezza di Montalcino, a historical fortress in the town of Montalcino. The square offers a scenic view of the surrounding hills and vineyards and hosts various events and festivals throughout the year. It is also home to the Enoteca la Fortezza, a wine shop that sells local wines, especially the famous Brunello di Montalcino. (Photos 7-8) – Via Ricasoli is a street in Montalcino which runs from Piazzale Fortezza to Via Sant’Agostino. (Photos 9-11-12) – Via Boldrini is a street in Montalcino which runs from Via Ricasoli to Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi. (Photo 10) – The Chiesa di Sant’Agostino is a church in Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, that dates to the 13th and 14th centuries. It was part of a convent complex that now houses the Civic and Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, the Archaeological Museum, and the Temple of Brunello, a wine shop and tasting room. The church has a Gothic facade and a Romanesque bell tower, and contains several artworks by Sienese painters and sculptors, such as Simone Martini, Sano di Pietro, and Francesco di Valdambrino. (Photos 13-14-15-16) – The Chiesa del Corpus Domini is a church in Montalcino, Tuscany, Italy, that was founded in the 13th century on the site of a former hospital. (Photo 17) – Via Bandi is a street in Montalcino which runs from Costa del Municipio to Via Ricasoli. (Photo 18) – Via Spagni is a street in Montalcino which runs from Via Cialdini to Via Roma. (Photos 19-20-22-23-24-25-26-27-28-29-34) – The Cattedrale del Santissimo Salvatore is the main church of Montalcino. It was built in the 19th century in a neoclassical style, replacing an older Romanesque church that dated back to the 11th century. The cathedral has a façade with six Ionic columns and three doorways, and a bell tower that was added in the 18th century. The interior is divided into three naves and contains some notable paintings by Francesco Vanni, Francesco Nasini, and other artists. (Photo 21) – The chiesa della Madonna del Soccors is a Catholic church and sanctuary in Montalcino, Italy. It was founded in the 14th century, but it was renovated and expanded several times over the centuries. The current façade, in a neoclassical style, was completed in 1829. The church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, who is believed to have protected Montalcino from a Spanish siege in 1553. The interior of the church has some beautiful paintings by local artists, such as a Crucifixion by Francesco Vanni1 and a Virgin with Saints by Vicenzo da San Gimignano2. The church is in Via Pietro Strozzi, near the centre of Montalcino. (Photo 30) – Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi is the main square of Montalcino, a historical town known for its wine production. The square is named after the Italian general and patriot who fought for the unification of Italy. The square has a medieval and Renaissance architecture, with a palazzo, a tower, and several cafes and shops. (Photos 35-36-37-38) – Piazza del Popolo is situated in the heart of Montalcino and is a square which is an elongated, irregular quadrilateral, reflecting its medieval origins. It serves as a central gathering place for locals and visitors alike. The name Piazza del Popolo dates to 1945, although it has undergone various name changes over time. The square is characterized by several loggias (covered arcades) known locally as “Il Cappellone,” some of which once served as chapels. The Palazzo dei Priori, originally constructed in the 14th century, stands prominently in the piazza. Its medieval clock tower adds to the square’s charm, (Photos 39-40)

Montalcino Cuisine: – Montalcino is famous for its wine, especially the Brunello di Montalcino, one of the most renowned red wines in the world1. Montalcino also has a rich culinary tradition, based on simple and tasty dishes made with local ingredients. Some of the typical dishes of Montalcino are: – Pinci: a type of hand-rolled pasta, like a thick spaghetti, usually served with meat sauce, cheese sauce, or garlic and oil. – Ribollita: a hearty soup made with bread, beans, kale, and other vegetables, cooked twice and served hot, – Cinta Senese: a breed of pig native to the Siena area, prized for its meat and cured products, such as salami, ham, and lard. – Pecorino di Pienza: a cheese made from sheep’s milk, produced in the nearby town of Pienza, with a mild or sharp flavour depending on the aging. – Ricciarelli: almond-based cookies, soft and chewy, flavoured with orange and vanilla, often dusted with powdered sugar.

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Photo Gallery of  Walk  – Via della Circonvallazione to Via Giacomo Matteotti
Approximately 1.83 km – 1.14 miles

The walk starts in Via della Circonvallazione – Via Pietro Strozzi – Via Ricasoli – Via Boldrini – Via Ricasoli – Chiesa del Corpus Domini, Via Bandi – Via Cialdini – Via Spagni – Chiesa della Madonna del Soccorso,Via Pietro Strozzi – Via Pietro Strozzi – Via Spagni – Via Cialdini – Via Ricasoli – Via Boldrini – Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi – Piazza del Popolo – Via Giacomo Matteotti