Fortezza di Montalcino
Fortezza di Montalcino
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westy54
Sydney, Australia11,450 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Construction of this castle was commenced in 1361 and was, unusually, built in a pentagonal shape with towers at each angle and ramparts connected to them.

Today, the inner courtyard is vacant but you can access the tower and the ramparts via the Enoteca, which is located in the base of one of the towers.

Whilst entry to the courtyard and garden areas are free, it costs EUR4.00 per person to access the walls and the towers. There were 55 wooden stairs to get from the Enoteca to the ramparts and then a further 35 uneven stone stairs to reach the top of the only tower that was open. On the day we visited men were working on one of the towers and some of the ramparts which they had blocked access to.

The climb up to the tower was certainly worth the efforts as the views over the town of Montalcino and the surrounding Val d'Orcia are quite spectacular.
Written 25 May 2024
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The fortress is interesting from the outside, but there is nothing inside. To climb the walls you have to pay 4 euros. However, the view is incredible, and the town itself is very nice
Written 11 April 2024
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westy54
Sydney, Australia11,450 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Montalcino's city walls were built in the 13th century. The Fortress, which is built on the highest point of the city, was incorporated into the city's walls and built as a defensive structure. It is said to have been completed in the mid-14th century and absorbed into it some pre-existing structures. These included the keep of Santo Martini, the tower of San Giovanni and an ancient Basilica which later became a chapel but is no longer fully intact.

The Fortress was built in a pentagonal shape, with towers at all of the angles and its walls had protruding external walkways for patrols. You can still walk along the walls today. The entrance and tickets (Euro4-00 each) to walk the walls can be obtained from the Enoteca which is housed within the Fortress's walls.

We only walked into the Fortress's large courtyard through the main gate. Entry into this section was free. The courtyard is surrounded on all sides by the Fortress's defensive walls. We understand that concerts and exhibitions are now held in this space. We also walked out of one of the Fortress's other gates into a small, beautifully maintained garden from where you can obtain fantastic fantastic panoramic views over the surrounding countryside.

There is a car park near the entrance to the Fortress.
Written 21 October 2022
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cdpinNYC
New York City, NY356 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Beautiful in itself and astounding views of the hills surrounding Montalcino. Photogenic to a fault. Definitely worth a stop, and while you're there, you can stop in to Enotecca La Fortezza and have a wine tasting actually within the walls of the place. Just lovely.
Written 28 September 2022
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mfilcol2014
Lisbon, Portugal1,769 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Located in the friendly city of Montalcino (from the famous Brunello wine) the fortress dominates the city. It is a small fortress, well preserved (free entry). Good views over the city and surrounding countryside. It has a small winery with local wines (but very expensive).
Written 19 July 2022
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982rodneyl
Grande Prairie, Canada160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
A fabulously well preserved example of Italian medieval military construction. You can climb to the top, well worth the fee, and walk the ramparts to see tremendous views in every direction
Written 23 October 2021
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Oscar Tegni
Stockholm, Sweden34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Beautiful place that is highly worth the trip! Great views of the romantic town of Montalcino and the surroundings
Written 19 October 2021
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whit3962
Seattle, WA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Definitely worth purchasing the ticket to go up and walk around the upper perimeter. Well restored and fun to read about!
Written 13 September 2021
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Jake23
New Jersey6,837 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Nice fortress the was build by the Medici family to protect the town after conquering it. Apparently this was common practice.
Written 6 August 2021
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,661 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Montalcino is only a very small town so, other than the wines, the fortress is pretty much the main event. Luckily the two are combined at the fortress and inside is a bar inside that does wine-tastings.
The fortress was built in 1361 and sits on the highest point in the town. In the 1300s, it was wise place yourself in a strategically high location to protect yourself against enemies. The higher, the better. Once we got up to the fortress, it was easy to see how you would have a huge advantage in spotting approaching enemies and defending yourself.
The fortress was at the centre of the fighting between Siena and Florence in the 1500s before Italy was united and was one of the last bastions of Sienese resistance against Florence. They held out here for around 4 years. It didn't hold forever though and Florence finally defeated Siena in 1555, bringing Montalcino under the rule of Florence and Cosimo de Medici.
You can enter and explore the fortress grounds for free. If you want to climb the upper-most ramparts, it is 4€pp.
There is a café, toilets and wine-tastings inside the fortress (I have written a separate review on this).
GETTING THERE: We hired a car to drive around the smaller Tuscan towns. Renting a car was by far the easiest way to get to Montalcino. We are huge fans of trains in Italy but without a car, it would have been very difficult to see the towns like Montalcino. Having said that, parking can also be difficult in the summer months. The historic centre is a ZTL zone which means that you cannot drive a car in the centre (big fines if you do). Instead you can park outside the town in and walk in. There is parking at the fortress as well. We decided to park at a lower carpark and walk up through the town to the fortress. It was a short, relatively easy walk although it is uphill all the way. However we passed small stone churches, the San Salvadore cathedral and the main piazza which made it worthwhile.
Written 24 July 2020
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