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Due to its location, overlooking the top of a hill, from the streets of Montalcino the eye can range over breathtaking views of the valleys Ombrone and Asso. The city center is contained in the ancient walls, built in the thirteenth century. The imposing stronghold from perfect pentagonal structure, built on the highest point of the city in 1361, welcomes visitors at the main ancient gate of the town. The wanderful Piazza del Popolo is dominated by the town hall, also called the Palazzo dei Priori (dated from thirteenth century). The palace is adorned with the coats of arms of several mayor who ruled the city for centuries. A high medieval tower is incorporated in the building. Near the town hall, you will find La Loggia, Renaissance structure with six round arches, built in the late fourteenth century. Montalcino is known worldwide for its excellent wine production and in particular for the famous Brunello, made from grapes of the vineyards from which the town is surrounded.
ABBAZIA S. ANTIMO
The Abbey of St. Antimo is a monastic complex located near Montalcino, one of the most important example of the Tuscan Romanesque architecture. The most ancient part of Sant Antimo Abbey dates back to the cult of the relics of St. Antimo of Arezzo, in 352. In 1118 began the construction of the new church; the most important point of reference for the design of the church was the great Benedictine abbey of Cluny. Most significant in the Abbey are the Chapel of Carolingian art, the Cloister, the Chapter House, the Crypt.
LAGO DI BOLSENA
Lake Bolsena boasts a pristine natural environment and is one of the few great Italian lakes to be completely bathing. The cleanliness of its waters has provided an extraordinary enviroment for development of plant and animal species, including many species of algae and aquatic plants disappeared in other basins. For this biodiversity in 2005 Lake Bolsena was nominated a Site of Interest for the European Community. The coast of the lake is often interrupted by small and low peninsulas. Along the coasts there are placid and quiet banks, ideal for relaxing and fishing, but also fields and gardens, covered with olive trees and vineyards. In some points of the lake there are forests of oak, chestnut and willow. Along the coast of the lake you can visit the picturesque villages of Bolsena, Marta and Capodimonte.