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Pienza is a small jewel to visit. The cathedral houses works of Giovanni di Paolo, Matteo di Giovanni del Vecchietta, Sano di Pietro and marble altar attributed to Rossellino. Next to the cathedral is the “Diocesan Museum” with Sodoma and Sano di Pietro school works and Flemish tapestries of ‘400 and ‘500. A few metres away the beautiful Piccolomini Palace.
It was made famous by Brunello, one of the best red wines in the world. Montalcino is also a magnificent city of art, which dominates the 3000 hectares of vineyards that gave fame. Worth a visit the Fortress built in 1361 to consolidate the estates in Montalcino, the Torre del Palazzo Comunale, built between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the churches of Sant'Agostino and Sant'Egidio and the Civic Museum and Diocesan with paintings and sculptures from '300 to '900.
Castiglione D'Orcia and Rocca d’Orcia
The medieval village gathers around the fourteenth-century Rocca Salimbeni. In the square there is a cistern polygonal and the parish of San Simeon. In Castiglione D'Orcia you can visit the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, and worthy of St. Stephen, and the ancient Tower of Tentennano where you can admire the entire valley from the top.
The beautiful town, and for its artistic and architectural remains, has been called the "Pearl of the '500”, conserve its ancient beauty. Worth to see the beautiful Piazza Grande with the Cathedral frontage incomplete and the Town Hall; all around Renaissance palaces. In the valley below the town, in an unforgettable landscape, outstanding the elegant mass of the Temple of San Biagio.
Abbazia di Sant'Antimo
The origin of 'Abbey, erected in the valley about 10 km from Montalcino, is lost in the mists of time when in 781 AD Charlemagne went to Rome on a pilgrimage by Pope Adrian I. Every night beautiful Gregorian chants.
Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore
Lovely abbey of Benedictine monks and monastic training center, but also impressive treasure trove of beautiful works of art. L’order Olivetano of which this abbey is the parent company, was built in 1313. The monastery is a complex of buildings ranging from 1300 to 1700. The Great Cloister, the true heart of the abbey, is famous for its impressive series of frescoes by Luca Signorelli and Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, called Sodoma, covering it completely.
This medieval village is located near a basalt rock of volcanic origin and is characterized by narrow streets and houses made of blocks of stone. At the center of a square with the Romanesque church of S. Peter, and in front of the church of S. Agate with a gothic façade. You may also want to visit the castle where you can enjoy a superb panorama.
The heart of the city is the Piazza del Campo, with its magical call, towards which everything converges and where the Palazzo Pubblico and the Torre del Mangia are presented as absolute center. The Siena face of fourteenth-century is the result of a decision to be faithful to the past felt as indispensable tradition . The Palio of Siena, the first in a series never stopped, it was during July 2, 1656 and was won by the Contrada della Torre; in 1701 on the initiative of the Contrada of the Goose was decided to repeat the Palio August 16 Feast of the Assumption, and since then so do you. All this in the beautiful setting of the Piazza del Campo.