Montalcino and Sant’Antimo Abbey tour

  • Montalcino historic centre

  • Palazzo dei Priori

  • Sant’Agostino Museum

  • Montalcino Fortress

  • Stop at the Winery

  • Sant’Antimo Abbey

Duration of the tour: 2/3 hours
Difficulty: medium
Suitable for children: yes
Disabled’s  Accessibility: yes
Difference in level: 40 metres

 

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Discovering Montalcino and the nearby Sant’Antimo Abbey

Montalcino and Sant’Antimo Abbey tour enables you to know one of the territories of Tuscany that made the name of this region in the world great. Through an itinerary between art, food wine we will discover the excellences of this land; Montalcino is a suggestive village in the province of Siena, rising 564 meters above sea level, home of one of the most popular wines in the world: the Brunello.

Through a tour of the picturesque alleys of the village, starting from Piazza Cavour, we will see the small shops still populating the centre. Arriving in Piazza dei Priori, you will have the opportunity to appreciate one of the ancient buildings here preserved: the Palazzo dei Priori.

Seat of the administrative offices of the town, the building stands out for being a medieval palace that preserves, on the wall of the tower, numerous coats of arms in stone which are the sign of the passage of many administrators along the centuries-old history of Montalcino.

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Palazzo dei Priori

Art and wine

Arriving then in Piazza Garibaldi, we will see a beautiful work of contemporary art made up of tiles decorated with drawings by important authors; this kind of murals is growing year by year by the presence of new tiles celebrating the editions of Benvenuto Brunello, the event where, at the beginning of each year, the bottles of Brunello wine produced five years before are uncorked – as required by the disciplinary. From Piazza Garibaldi we move on with Montalcino and Sant’Antimo Abbey tour going to visit the Sant’Egidio Church – one of the oldest and most suggestive of Montalcino – which inside preserves, in addition to works of art from the Sienese school, a very particular thing that, as we will see together, does not found in any other church in the area. From the Sant’Egidio Church, our Montalcino and Sant’Antimo tour continues with a visit to the Sant’Agostino Complex.

Sant’Agostino Museum and the fortress

The building houses the Diocesan and the Civic Museum, which preserves important examples of medieval and modern works by Tuscan artists. In the archaeological section, then, it is where the archeologic finds and the graphic reconstructions allow you to retrace – in a particularly evocative setting – the traces of the ancient settlements in the area, dating back to prehistoric times. Entering inside the Sant’Agostino Church, a building now deconsecrated, we can admire the refined fourteenth-century frescoes, some of which were made by the Sienese painter Bartolo di Fredi. From the museum we then move on to the Fortress, an imposing military construction dominating the village above a rocky cliff; today the fort is home to a refined and well-stocked Enoteca (a winery) where wine lovers can taste a glass of a good Brunello vintage. From the rooms of the Enoteca, located on the ground floor of the ramparts, it is possible to access to the upper levels, reaching as far as the rampart walk of the fortress; from here you can enjoy a breathtaking view, seeing almost the whole area of ​​the Val d’Orcia in the east, the first hills of the Maremma in the west, up to glimpse, towards the north, the city of Siena.

After visiting the village of Montalcino, it will be time for a lunch break: what better time than this to visit one of the wine cellars located in this area, the home of Brunello? Through a short tour, from the vineyards to the rooms holding the selected oak barrels, you will get to know the fascinating story of this wine and every phase of its production.

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Sant’Agostino Church, Montalcino

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Sant’Antimo Abbey in the surrounding Montalcino’s countryside

The Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a Romanesque gem

After the break at the winery – or in any case after the lunch break –, we conclude the itinerary reaching the village of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, where we visit the suggestive Sant’Antimo Abbey.

Founded according to tradition by Charlemagne – who, passing through on a journey to Rome, wanted to erect it as a vow for having escaped, together with his army, an epidemic of malaria –, the Abbey is one of the most significant examples of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany; to characterize this complex is the presence of some elements in the construction, such as the internal ambulatory, which have been attributed by scholars to an influence of the Cluniac monastic architecture.

The mystery of the sculptor coming from France

At the entrance of the abbey church, we will already be able to appreciate the refined decorations carved on the portals with floral motifs that, on stylistic grounds, recall models of French origin. When we are inside the church, you can contemplate the majesty of the central nave, with its beautiful columns of local stone and the matroneo (women’s gallery). One of the most extraordinary things of the Abbey – which also made it particularly known to medieval art scholars – is the presence of a capital featuring Daniel in the lions’ den, a work attributed to the so-called Master of Cabestany, a sculptor coming from a place with this name in the French Pyrenees. We will discover some of the ‘mysteries’ that make this capital something unique, such as the fact that it is one of the very few reliefs of the church having human figures represented, or its anomalous location in the first half of the church. Finally, we will see why the work is attributed to a sculptor coming from such a remote locality in the Pyrenees.

In the Sant’Antimo Abbey you can still breathe the mystical atmosphere of remote time, a time when images carved in stone – like those that can still findable on the walls of this monastery – were full of meanings that partially escape us in this day. Montalcino and Sant’Antimo Abbey tour will therefore lead you to rediscover symbols of a distant Middle Ages, signs that still continue to fascinate thousands of visitors.

Master of Cabestany’s Capital, Sant’Antimo Abbey

The abbatial church of Sant’Antimo

Fortezza Montalcino

Door gate to Montalcino Fortress

Important information about the tour (click here)

This tour can also be booked in combination with the other available tours and trekking paths on Siena and Florence, which can be consulted in the Menu.

The activity here proposed is a private and not a joinable tour; this means that it is a tour only carried out on request and can be customised for starting time, meeting place and duration, depending on the customer’s needs.

 

Duration of Montalcino private guided tour

The duration of the tour can be 2 or 3 hours. With a 2-hour tour we can visit the historic centre of Montalcino and the Sant’Antimo Abbey.

With a 3-hour tour we can visit the Sant’Antimo Abbey, the historic centre of Montalcino and also the Tempio del Brunello Museum Complex.

This tour does not include a visit or tasting in the cellar, an activity that can be booked directly by the customer. The guide, not being a tourist agency, can only provide suggestions of places to book a tasting.

 

 

 

 

Radio rental compulsory from 6 people onwards

From 6 people onwards, to facilitate listening to the guide explanations and ensuring social distancing outdoors and indoors, it is strictly recommended to rent radio devices with transmitters that ensure perfect listening to the explanations of the guide even from a distance; if you then visit the inside of the monuments, the rental of radios is compulsory for 4 or more people. The service is booked by the guide when the guided tour is requested, but the rental cost, which is € 1.00 per person for 2 or 3 hours, is charged to the customer and can be paid directly to the guide who will then take care to pay the supplier.

Carers or teachers of school groups do not pay for the rental of the radio.

 

 

Opening hours Sant’Antimo Abbey:

Ingresso gratuito

From April 1st to September 30th 

 

From Monday to Saturday

 

10:00am – 6:30pm

 

Sunday and Holidays

 

12:00 – 6:30pm

 

From October 1st to October 31st 

 

From Monday to Saturday

 

10:00am – 6:00pm

 

Sunday

12:00 -6:00pm

 

 

From November 1st to March 31st 
From Monday to SaturdayFrom Monday to Saturday10:30am – 5:00pm
Sunday12:00 – 5:00pm

Closed to touristic visits:

During Mass celebration time

Every day

11:00am – 12:00 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening hours Complex l’Oro di Montalcino:

Complex that collects the museum sectors of the Diocesan civic museum, deconsecrated Sant’Agostino Church, archaeological section of the territory of Montalcino, Tempio del Brunello

From January 10th to March 31st 

Saturday and Sunday

 

10:30am – 5:30pm
  

 

From April 1st 1 to October 31st

Last entrance half an hour before the closing

 

Open every day

10:30am – 7:00pm

 

 

From November 1st to December 24th

Last entrance half an hour before the closing

 

Saturday and Sunday

10:30am – 5:30pm

 

From December 26th to January 8th 

Last entrance half an hour before the closing

 

Every Day

10:30am – 5:30pm

 

 

 

Ticket price l’Oro di Montalcino Complex

Full ticket

 

10,00 €

Reduced

 

Groups of minimum 15 people, children aged 6 to 12, surplus carers over 15 people

8,00 €

Free admission

Children up to 5 years. Disabled people with a companion. Accredited journalists. Guides with identification license. One companion every 15 pax. Residents in the Municipality of Montalcino

 

 

 

More info on the Oro di Montalcino complex click here. For more info on the Abbey of Sant’Antimo click here

 

The price of the ticket to the gold complex of Montalcino is not included in the tour rate

 

The guide does not provide transportation service.

To get further information, to book the tour or to get the contact of a licensed driver providing private transfer service, please write to:

info@guidaturistica-michelebusillo.com, also by Whatsapp o Telegram

 

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Cost and reservation of the tour (click here)

 

Cost of Montalcino private guided tour

The cost for a 2-hour private guided tour is € 120,00 (price in total and not per person), for 3 hours € 150,00.

For further information about the rates, also to check the deals available, please visit the dedicated section by clicking here.

How to book the tour?

The tour can be booked by writing an email, calling at +393332591526 or texting the guide (also via Whatsapp or Telegram) to check availability for the requested day. 

Once the day and time of the tour have been agreed with the guide, to book it is necessary to advance 50% of the tour value with a deposit to be paid by credit card.

Attention: pay the deposit only after agreed the date and the details of the tour with the guide. The remaining payment of the guided tour takes place after the tour by card, in cash or by bank transfer.

Cancellation Policy

It is the responsibility of the guide to guarantee the guide service in any case. If, even for personal reasons, the guide is unable to perform the service in the date set with the client, it will be his concern to contact a trusted colleague who can replace him and therefore guarantee the customer service.

The cancellation of the tour from the client can be done free of charge by giving timely notice to the guide before 48 hours from the date and time agreed for the service. In this case the deposit paid in advance by the customer will be returned by the guide. If instead cancellation is made by the customer when there are less than 48 hours before the date agreed for the service, the customer will lose the deposit paid.

Cancellation can be made by promptly communicating it to the guide with via email, calling the number +393332591526 or by texting (also via Whatsapp or Telegram).

 

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How to reach Montalcino and Sant'Antimo Abbey

By Car

Reachable via the A1 motorway (Chiusi Chianciano exit if coming from Rome; Firenze-Impruneta exit if coming from Milan; then continue towards Montalcino on the SP 146 or with the SR 2 Cassia once you reach Siena coming from Florence.

The most convenient point to reach for the start of the tour is Piazza Cavour in Montalcino; nearby there are free car parks (click here to view them), or paid car parks along Via Roma (hourly rate € 1.50), or near Viale Filippo Strozzi

Parking spaces at the Abbey of Sant’Antimo are available for a fee along the road that precedes the arrival at the Abbey (click here to view the parking).

 

By public Bus

It’s possible to reach Montalcino from Siena by taking the 114 line (see here the timetables of the Siena Montalcino buses).

For a real-time consultation, visit the Autolinee toscane website.

Unfortunately, from Montalcino to Sant’Antimo there are not frequent enough lines to guarantee, in the planning of this tour, a quick and comfortable movement between the two locations.

 

By Taxi service

There are several private companies that provide taxi service in Montalcino. For more details click here

 

Organised groups/squadrons by tourist coach

For organised groups/squadrons by tourist coach, there are drop-off/drop-on points for passengers along the itinerary (click here to view the points)

 

By camper

There are stations dedicated to campers in the Montalcino area. One of these is located at Podere il Cocco. Another is signposted in Via Osticcio. For more info on areas dedicated to campers click here

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