Abbazia di Sant'Antimo

Top choice abbey in Val d'Orcia

The serenely beautiful Romanesque Abbazia di Sant’Antimo lies in an isolated valley just below the village of Castelnuovo dell’Abate, 11km from Montalcino. Its Romanesque exterior features stone carvings of various fantastical animals. Inside, there it is a particularly intense polychrome 13th-century Madonna and Child and a 12th-century Crucifixion above the main altar.

It's a two- to three-hour walk from Montalcino to the abbey. The route starts next to the police station near the main roundabout in town; many visitors choose to walk to the abbey and return by bus (€1.50) – check the timetable with the tourist office.