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If you want to feel the color of Tuscan life in full, you should visit the town of Montalcino. It is located on a picturesque hill. As well as its neighbor, Montepulciano, it is famous for its wine traditions. The most well-known local wine is Brunello di Montalcino. This is one of the best and, no surprise, most expensive Italian wines. It was the first to be honored with the most upscale quality certificate DOGG. Wine, which is kept in oak barrels for at least three years and a half, has a rich, a bit harsh taste.

Numerous wine shops and small restaurants of the town give an excellent opportunity to sample Tuscan wines and Tuscan cuisine as well.

If that's not only gastronomic indulgence what you care for, go to the curtain wall, which surrounds the town. As Montalcino is located on a high hill (564 meters above the sea level), there is a fascinating scenery of the valley of the Ombrone and Asso rivers from it. There used to be nineteen towers on the defensive wall, but time has preserved only some of them. However, the atmosphere of past greatness never fades. The curtain wall of Montelciano is an outstanding example of military architecture.

There are some interesting medieval buildings in the town. For example, the old town hall (Palazzo Comunale), a grand stone construction of the end of the XIII century, is decorated with coats of arms and is crowned with a high tower. There is an arcade (Loggiati di Piazza del Popolo) nearby, which is an example of the XIV-XV centuries architecture. The main Cathedral was erected in the period of  Middle Ages on the place of an old church of the XI century. After restoration, held in the XIX century, it got neoclassical appearance.

The building of St Augustine Abbey houses the Museum of Montalcino. It has  exhibitions of Siena school paintings, medieval sculptures, a collection of sacred clothes, and archaeological displays. This is one of the most important museums in Siena province.

Once a year, on the last October Sunday, history revitalizes in the streets of Montalcino.  This is the time of the archers tournament simulation, which resembles medieval hunt for wild boars. A long procession of town residents in fancy costumes is accompanied  by music and dances of the folk band “Trescone”.

No doubt, your trip to Montalcino will be an unforgettable experience.


The Festival of the Thrush in Montalcino 2012
The festival of the thrush or Sagra del Tordo is held in the old Tuscan town of Montalcino on the last October weekend. Thousands of tourists go to Montalcino while the festival. If you want to see the festival of the thrush, you should take care of accommodation in Montalcino in advance. It’s better to come a bit earlier for the festival. On the day of the competition, you will have to leave your car far away in the valley and walk a couple of kilometers up. Don’t forget to ask your landlords to help you buy tickets for the ceremonial dinner and the tournament.
Tuscany: Gastronomic Festivals in October
Towns and villages of Tuscany hold various gastronomic festivals regularly from May to October. These events are dedicated to some product or dish typical for this area. Usually such festivals are organized on days-off. Sometimes they last for a couple of weekends. Fairs are often combined with diverse entertainment program. The October of 2011 offers a number of gastronomic events in Tuscany.
Tarot Garden
The Tarot garden as a work of art is a combination of landscape design, sculpture and architecture. The garden is located on the southern slope of the Garavicchio hill in the Tuscan Maremma, a few kilometers away from the town of Capalbio. The Franko-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle created it.