The quintessential Tuscan town of Montalcino begs to be wandered through, especially on a quiet morning, the air cool and still smelling of last night’s thunderstorm.
On a whim we had followed one friend’s travel advice, rented a car for the first time in Italy thanks to another encouraging friend, and after a most pleasant drive which took us about an hour from Florence, we found ourselves in Montalcino — the perfect Tuscan town for which I have been endlessly searching!
Waking early and strolling the streets is one of my favorite travel to-do’s. On this trip to Italy, I did not take nearly as many pictures of doors as in the past, but I found the doorways in Montalcino irresistible.
The blue tulle bow in the storefront below celebrates the birth of a baby boy. ❤ Auguri!
Above, tables in waiting for street side diners and below, pici pasta for lunch — a specialty of the region.
No trip to Montalcino would be complete without
wine tasting Brunello tasting, as the only wine produced in this land is Brunello di Montalcino (I’m pretty sure it’s against the law to produce anything else). While there are a number of wineries in the area, we highly enjoyed discovering the enoteca — wine shops, which are plentiful here — where one can sample a number of wines from different wineries.
The most unique enoteca is La Fortezza, housed in Montalcino’s 12th century fortress.
Getting to Montalcino: While there is a bus from Florence to Montalcino (with a change in Siena), I would recommend renting a car or booking a private drive to get to Montalcino. There is much to see in this area (nearby is Montepulciano and Pienza), and it’s not well connected by public transportation. There are also organized tours available to this area (Val d’Orcia) of Italy.