Totally different, a fraction of the size of Siena, minute in comparison, much smaller than Montepulciano too. Bit bigger than Pienza, you'll have seen it across the d'Orcia if you've been to the latter. I gave a detailed comparison of Montepul v Montalc recently on this board, will try and find the post for you.
Linke works, good, and the restaurant recommendations as follows: any of the places on the left as you walk down Via Giacomo Matteotti especially Osteria Osticcio. Could be an unfortunate coincidence but we've twice been ripped off in Vineria le Potazzine.
I agree with other posters - Montalcino is a gem. Like Pienza it is small and charming - just what you would imagine a Tuscan hill town to be. The views of the Val D'Orcia from any entoteca / restaurant on the left side of Via Matteotti are breathtaking! (Giglio's restaurant is good!) You can usually find parking right at one end of this pedestrians-only "main street" - just be sure to buy your pking tix at one of the boxes on the corner.
And I second Catie's suggestion for Enoteca Osticcio! We have whiled away many an afternoon there - enjoying delicous salads and bruschetta while savoring our Brunnello and ooohing and aaaahing at the incredible panorama of southern Tuscan scenery spread out in front of us! >sigh< Oh well - I can day dream! Enjoy!
Via Matteotti, 23 - 53024 Montalcino (SI)
Tel. e Fax +39 0577 848271
Oh - I almost forgot to mention! Sant Antimo is very close to Montalcino. Another interesting and memorable place to see. Very worth making an effort to visit during a service to hear the Gregorian chants.
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