Art, history and culture - Castello Banfi
 
Art, history and culture - Castello Banfi
 

Situated in the Sienese countryside, north-west of Monte Amiata and at the end of the Orcia River Valley, Montalcino stands out like an island in the heart of Tuscany.  To those who reach her by climbing up from the surrounding valley, she offers truly captivatingn panoramas of vineyards and woodland in perfect harmony.  A visit to Montalcino can evoke rich emotions of dining, art and culture.  But above all, Montalcino reveals itself in the most precious gift of its land, demanding and generous at the same time: its wine.  Already treasured for centuries, wine production here has remained faithful to the tenets of Tuscan tradition.  Thus was born Brunello, fruit of tenacious passion, lovingly watched over during its years of refinement in the cellar before presenting itself to its admirers in Italy and the world who have learned, in their own time, to to love it, the beginning and end of the legend that each bottles renews.  Today, enotecas and restaurants invite all to discover the great value of Brunello di Montalcino and its other traditional wines, Rosso di Montalcino and Moscadello di Montalcino together with more recent enological inspirations, proposing them paired together with the excellent gastronomic treasures of this unique territory – its oil, its honey, and its renowned traditional dishes. 

But strolling through the city one can also admire the architectural testimony to the glorious history of Montalcino, the 13th century fortress with its Medici towers and ramparts, the medieval buildings and churches. The Museo Civico e Diocesano brings together the religious medieval and renaissance art of the small parish churches scattered across the surrounding countryside, along with archeological treasures unearthed in an area dating back from the paleolithic and neolithic ages to the ancient Etruscan and Roman civilizations, with a display of pieces dedicated to those found on our estate near the Castello di Poggio alle Mura.

 

Places to visit

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