TREK AROUND MONTALCINO
from Sant’Antimo Abbey to a Brunello Winery
This is a full day trek including a visit to a Brunello wine maker for a wine and food tasting. The tasting will vary depending on the trip and winery where the tastings are being held.
The Abbey of Sant’Antimo, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Italy, is located only 9 km from Montalcino. This wonderful Benedictine monastery stands isolated on a green plain dotted with daisies and dominated by secular olive groves; its travertine stones shine with golden colours under the sun. That’s truly a spectacular view, and indeed one of the most photographed places in Tuscany.
The origins of the abbey are obscure. The earliest document relating to the abbey is a land grant of Louis the Pious dated December 813, now in the Archivio di Stato of Siena. According to historians, the foundation goes further back, to the Longobards and the Monastery of St. Savior (Salvatoris) at Monte Amiata.
It is possible that the Abbey of Sant’Antimo was constructed on the site of a Roman villa and it is known with certainty that in the 4th and 5th centuries the village of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, on the hills nearby, was an important inhabited centre, endowed with a parish.
After paid a visit to the abbey we start our trekking walk along dirty roads, through vineyards and woodlands from the simple Romanesque beauty of the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, stopping off along the route to visit a real Tuscan farm and Brunello winery for a Brunello wine tasting and a light lunch with local products surrounded by the incredible panorama of Brunello vineyards and Tuscan hills. In all the wineries is possible to book a wine pairing with local food.
After the winery visit you have two choice:
1- If you reached S. Antimo with your car we’ll back to S. Antimo following a different path
2- If you reached with a Taxi driver we can go to Montalcino and pay a visit to the wonderful fortified village.
Distance: 5 km
Degree of difficulty: easy
What we can see and do
S.Antimo Abbey, Val d’Orcia and Montalcino land scape and rolling hills, Brunello winery and wine tasting, Montalcino town.