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Montalcino


Montalcino, TuscanyMontalcino is situated 564 meters above sea level on the top of a hill dominating the Orcia, Arbia and Ombrone valleys. As you walk round the town you can admire magnificent views as well as the fine mediaeval buildings which include; the town hall Palazzo Comunale - once the seat of the Priorate - a severe stone building decorated with coats of arms with a tall tower rising above it; monumental 14th and 15th century open galleries with their gothic arches; the neo-classic Cathedral built on the site of an 11th century parish church which houses an interesting collection of sculptures in the Baptistery Chapel; the 17th century Sanctuary of the Madonna del Soccorso built on the site of a 15th century church of Porta al Corniolo; the Romanesque - Gothic style church of Sant'Agostino, the church of Sant'Egidio (also known as the "Chiesa dei Senese" - the church of the people of Siena) built in the early 14th century; San Francesco with its square tower. The Civic Museum which houses a della Robbia terracotta dated 1507 showing a Madonna and child with Saints Giovanni and Pietro; the church of San Sebastiano with another 16th century della Robbia terracotta. The Museo Archeologico which houses finds from the Palaeolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages, cinerary urns and Etruscan pottery. The Museo Diocesiano which houses an early 18th century Romanesque crucifix, part of a polyptych by Luca di Tommè and a Madonna and child from the school of Duccio di Buoninsegna.






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