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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
Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena
$174.27 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fabulous day out!!
What a fantastic day with our guide Guglielmo! He was the perfect guide. Not only did he bring us to fabulous wineries, he was able to provide a ton of historical info about the area. Which we loved. Lunch was perfect, paired with great wine. All the wineries were scenic and provided a great opportunity to meet winemakers who are passionate about their vineyards and their region. I don't even like red wine and I would do this again!
Nancy_G, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Siena

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Wonderful Experience
Jagadeesh_M, May 2022
Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena
Daniel was a wonderful tour guide, as he had so much insight over many years of experience in the area. The tour felt very natural, and it felt like we were able to learn from Daniel’s interest in the subject. He was fun to talk to, and had great answers to any questions as it seems he enjoys what he does. The experience was great, and definitely helps us appreciate the work going into the varieties of wine in the region.
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Incredible day !!
Katie_D, May 2022
Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena
Our guide Mattia was Incredible!! He was not only knowledgeable but made our entire experience so much fun! The three different wineries we went to were amazing! I could not recommend this tour enough !!!
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wonderful time!!
Alice_O, May 2022
Half-Day Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour from Siena
A beautiful view on the drive and our driver stopping to visit a beautiful church overlooking a vast countryside. You could see one of the wineries we visited in the distance. Our driver was informative, friendly and fun. The two winery tours were fun, elegant and informative, conducted by knowledgable, pleasant hosts.
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The people in our group...
Mary_D, May 2022
San Gimignano, Chianti, and Montalcino Day Trip from Siena
The people in our group and the choice of wineries. The only thingbi would suggest is for the guide to give more info on the places before we explore on our own
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Fabuloso!
Judi_U, May 2022
Half-Day Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour from Siena
This was a scenic drive to two wonderful boutique wineries. The hosts were very informative and the wines were delicious. I highly recommend this tour.
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Best guide, amazing wine
Kirby_H, May 2022
Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena
Elio was an exceptional guide - hilarious, inclusive and with so much knowledge about the wines and the local area. We had such an amazing day - would love to do it again. Thank you Elio 🙏🏻
star-4
Great way to see the local sites
NicolaBooth, Apr 2022
San Gimignano, Chianti, and Montalcino Day Trip from Siena
A fantastic way to view so many places in such a small amount of time. Our host was friendly and a great tour guide on our drives to locations. Everything was well organised and we our group had private tasting sessions at each vineyard
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Great experience
Linda_K, May 2022
Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena
Elio was terrific! Great vineyards and wine. There we were three great vineyard options. We highly recommend this adventure!
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Excellent Tuscan Wine Experience
Angelo_P, May 2022
Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena
Highly recommend this tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate about wine and winemakers. The sites we visited were memorable with postcard views of the Tuscan countryside. Each of the wineries had its own character, and the wines were superb.
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Small group Brunello wine tasting
Mukhtar_A, May 2022
Small-Group Brunello di Montalcino Wine-Tasting Trip from Siena
First of all I have to appreciate Elio our competence and tour guide in Tuscany he was experienced and professional. Second we enjoyed a lot with all three farms specially the second where we had our lunch with Simoni and his wife Lucia the food was great and the wine was excellent.
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Brunello
ENRICO_L, Oct 2021
Half-Day Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tour from Siena
Tasting the best wines in Tuscany.. our tour guide Carlo was great. He explained in details why the Brunello wines are known for its amazing taste.
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Great and fun afternoon!
Richard_O, Sep 2021
San Gimignano, Chianti, and Montalcino Day Trip from Siena
Our all day tour was cancelled but we were offered a half day wine tasting as an alternative. Duccia was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide! We laughed and learned a lot. We visited two very memorable wineries that helped us understand the Brunello wine culture.

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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