Italy home of Brunello, and the Thrush Food Festival
Montalcino Italy is an ancient
medieval village in the hills of the Val d'Orcia and is a UNESCO
Heritage Site. Famous for its architecture, Thrush Food Festival and
Brunello; Italy's best
known and loved red wine.
Places to See in Montalcino Italy
The first thing you notice
this wonderful little village is the
imposing castle that which is still standing.
The castle of Montelcino,
started in 1361 has a pentagonal plan with towers at all the corners
and a complete circular walkway.
Visit the castle, and see a wonderful
view from the top of terracotta rooftops and a patchwork quilt of
fields spread below as far as the eye can see.
The town walls of Montalcino Italy still stand and walking along the
ramparts is a treat as again you can see wonderful views all round from
Not only was the castle built on top of the town walls, but you
will also come across a Medieval tower, the keep of San Giovanni and an
The town of Montalicino,
There are several churches in Montalcino that are worth a visit. There
neo-classical catherdral of San Salvatore and the sanctuary of Modonna
del Soccorso and San Egidio church. This is a church that is dedicated
to the town's patron saint.
Other places to visit while in Montelcino Italy is the Medieval town
hall that was built in the late 13th century with its very tall bell
tower and bells which still strikes the hour, every hour.
Food and Wine of Montalcino Italy
Montalcino and Brunello wine go hand in hand. It is a town admired for
its prized wines. However, besides the nectar of Brunello you can also
find good olive oil, typical cured meats, artisan cheeses, and fine
produce that can be bought at the weekly market as well as tasted in
the many restaurants in the area.
There are also 2 important food festivals that take place in
Montalcino Italy. There is the honey festival that takes place in the
fortress during the first weekend of September, and the Thrush Food
Festival so called because thrushes are set free from the tower of the
fortress, and it's a festival that celebrates the local culture with
its culinary traditions
and recipes during the last Sunday in October.
The Thrush Food Festival in Montalcino Italy
The Thrush Food Festival
is also to determine which of the 4
neighbourhoods of Montelcino; Borghetto,
Pianello, Ruga and Travaglio, to see who are the better
The festival is a
2 day event.
On the Saturday
the 4 neighbourhoods wear their own
colours and support their archers and gather at the Town Hall to hear
who has been nominated to take part in the archery competitions.
The afternoon is taken up with archery trials as to the sequence of the
archers on the following day and the distance they will be shooting
from. In the evening a 4 course meal is prepared by cooks from each of
the 4 neighbourhoods and more than 200 people from each quarter sit
down to a 4 course meal of Montalcinesi cusine.
On the Sunday the Thrush Food Festival kicks off with food being
offered in the castle keep. Delicious smells of Tuscan food fill the
air and it is certainly hard to resist. In addition you can extend the
experience by buying a glass of Rosso di Montalcino and Brunello di
Montalcino to have with your meal. And don't worry if you arrive late,
the food feast takes place all day.
What you don't want to miss is the pageant at midday. This is the
morning pageant that starts in the Piazza Cavour. Gathered in
piazza are the large, white Tuscan Chianini
cattle and Trescone dancers gather in Piazza Cavour to start
procession. Along with the cattle and the dancers there are more than
100 Montalcino citizens dressed in wonderful 14th century medieval
costumes, accompanied by drummers and trumpeters, make their way to pay
homage and bring gifts from the surrounding areas to the Lady of the
Fortress. The pageant proceeds to the Church of Sant Egidio for the
After that there is the Sagra del Tordo, a lunch for the 4
neighbourhoods, the archers and other dignitaries followed by the
afternoon pageant and then culminating in the archery competition where
the quarter archers battle it out for victory to win the silver arrow.