Montalcino / Montalcino History

Heading to Montalcino this summer? Don’t miss the Abbey of Sant’Antimo…

If you’re heading to Montacino this summer, one of the sites you definitely don’t want to miss is the Abbey of Sant’Antimo (Abbazia di Sant’Antimo), above.

Not only is it one of the historical centerpieces of Medieval and Renaissance Tuscany but it’s also one of the best preserved examples of “Romanic” architecture in Italy (early Christian architecture, often constructed on the site of a pagan temple and often incorporating architectural elements from the previous house of worship).

And one of the most fascinating aspects of the Abbey today is that it is still a working monastery and church — not just a museum piece.

No visit to Montalcino is complete with a stop here.

Click over to the abbey’s website for hours, tours, and other useful info.

Click here for Stefano’s post on the Medieval history of Montalcino, including notes on the abbey.

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