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Montalcino Fortress (Fortezza di Montalcino)
Montalcino Fortress (Fortezza di Montalcino)

Montalcino Fortress (Fortezza di Montalcino)

Tue–Sun 9am–6pm
Piazzale della Fortezza, Montalcino , Tuscany, 53024

The basics

Built in 1361, Montalcino’s dramatic 5-sided fortress encloses a cobbled courtyard and chapel, and is topped by crenelated ramparts and soaring towers. Explore the fortress on a wine tour from Florence, Rome, or Siena: take in the views over the vineyards and olive groves of the Val d’Orcia and sit down for a tasting of local Brunello wines in the cellar wine shop. Most wine-tasting day trips stop in a number of picturesque villages that dot Tuscany’s wine country—including Montepulciano, Pienza, and San Gimignano—and include lunch featuring Tuscany’s famed cuisine.

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Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena
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Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena
$170.02 per adult
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Great experience in Montalcino
We really liked the quaintness of the lunch and wine tasting, very tasty and personable. The 3 vineyards we visited were all unique with their own spin on how to create a memorable product. The wines we tasted were wonderful and varied for the regions the vines came from to give a good sense of the product of the region. Great experience that was limited to small group of 8.
David_S, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Siena

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Great friends, great wine, and great guides!
DEBORAH_W, Jun 2022
Half-Day Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour from Siena
Daniel and Fabio were excellent drivers, expertly handling the winding roads. Daniel provided us with interesting details about the region, its history and the wines. Both of our wine tours were lively and engaging with large pours of excellent Brunello! We even were able to make a stop for pictures in the beautiful Val D’Orcia! Highly recommend this for your next stay in Tuscany!
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Don't miss it! Excellent tour in all aspects.
Ana_W, Jun 2022
San Gimignano, Chianti, and Montalcino Day Trip from Siena
The tour is so well organized that it was an incredible way to visit so many places and spend a good amount of time on each of them, in such a small amount of time. The wine tastings were fantastic, people friendly, and the wineries were beautiful. The tour guide was friendly and made several adjustment to satisfy everybody on the tour. It's a small tour which makes it more personalized
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Georgia was an...
Joyce_W, Jun 2022
Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena
Georgia was an outstanding guide! She provided wine expertise, cultural insight, and historical perspective to the group, tailoring her message to match her audience, after inquiring about the background of all travelers. She was a joy to be with for the entire trip!
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Mattias was great
Jen_J, Jun 2022
Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena
Mattias was very knowledgeable since he was previously a winemaker. The vineyards visited gave us a well rounded view of brunello wines. We were able to stop 3 times in various towns to explore on our own as well.
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Diogo_C, Jun 2022
San Gimignano, Chianti, and Montalcino Day Trip from Siena
Fábio was fantastic and provided an amazing tour! From the trip to the places we visited as well as the wine tasting! 100% recommended!!! Greetings from Portugal
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Brilliant tour would highly recommend
Martin_H, Jun 2022
Half-Day Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour from Siena
The stunning countryside we drove through. The staff at the two wineries we visited were so knowledgeable and helpful. Paulo our driver was very informative giving a history of the region.
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The informative and...
Laurie_T, Jun 2022
Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena
The informative and passionate wine story telling by tour guide Danielle. Just brilliant. He kept us entertained for the whole journey especially at lunch with the other tour guide where they made comedy at each other’s expense. It was lovely.
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A terrific day!
Eric_S, May 2022
Half-Day Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour from Siena
We had a blast on this tour. Beautiful vistas on the drive there, wonderful wine tasting, plus time carved out for photos of the countryside. Highly recommended!
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Brunello Wine Experience
NORMAN_R, Jun 2022
Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena
Mira was an excellent guide and the wineries we toured were top notch. The tour and lunch at Cava d'Onice was one of the most memorable parts of our trip. This tour is well worth the money and time.
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Great 👍
Bob_D, May 2022
San Gimignano, Chianti, and Montalcino Day Trip from Siena
Lorenzo was a terrific guide. The whole tour was excellent. Wineries were very good with explanations of their history
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A relaxing and fun way to experience the real Tuscany
Shelby_H, May 2022
Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena
It was the best day would 100% recommend! Our guide (Amberia) was great! She had a fun attitude and was very knowledgeable about the wineries and regions we visited. We visited three different wineries which provided a great mix but the highlight was homemade at the family-run winery in their beautiful Tuscan villa. We had a great group and enjoyed the wine, and the company alike. Was a highlight for sure!
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Awesome!
Spencer_P, May 2022
San Gimignano, Chianti, and Montalcino Day Trip from Siena
It was an awesome tour and our driver was amazing! Would highly recommend to anyone in the area, very prompt in communication.
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Things to know before you go

  • The view over the rolling hills of Val d’Orcia from the Fortezza di Montalcino is unforgettable, so be sure to bring your camera.
  • The courtyard and wine shop are accessible to wheelchair users, but the ramparts and watchtowers are not.
  • Tours of Montalcino and Tuscany’s wine country require a fair bit of walking. Choose comfortable shoes and dress for the weather.
  • This authentic medieval fortress is a fun stop for kids.
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How to get there

By car, take the SR2 highway south from Siena and walk up to the fortress from the historic center. Arriving by public transportation involves multiple bus connections, so visiting with a tour that includes transportation is a more convenient option.

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When to get there

One of the biggest draws of the Fortezza di Montalcino is the views over the surrounding countryside, particularly beautiful in spring and fall. Otherwise, choose a clear, mild day so you can enjoy visiting the outdoor ramparts and towers.

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The Long History of Montalcino’s Fortress

In the Middle Ages, Montalcino was an important town thanks to its proximity to the Via Francigena pilgrimage route between France and Rome, but after falling under the control of the Republic of Siena, the town was often embroiled in skirmishes over territory with Florence. Montalcino was the last Tuscan town to hold out against the might of the Medicis: Siena fell in 1555 and Montalcino was subjected to a four-year siege, though the fortress never fell to Florentine troops. Cosimo I added its imposing ramparts in 1571, but the Fortezza lost its military significance soon after; over the years it housed a community of Benedictine monks but gradually fell into disrepair before restorations took place in the 1940s.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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