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Brunello di Montalcino Wine Tasting - Italy's Finest Wine
A tough day, but spectacular. Leaving Asciano we cycle up to the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore. A spectacular set of buildings in their own right, and still a working monastery, the abbey houses an important set of frescoes that tell the story of St Benedict. His life story, particularly his part in fighting the barbarian invaders under Totila in the 6th century, is well worth the telling, and the key scenes are captured beautifully in these famous frescoes.
Descending from the Abbey, we then face another climb to one of the most revered wine towns in Tuscany, Montalcino, home of the famous 'Brunello'. We'll visit the famous estate of Val di Suga before arriving in Montalcino itself, where we will stay at the Hotel Il Giglio in the heart of the old town.