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Montalcino is located in the center of the most beautiful and least traveled part of Tuscany. Palazzina Cesira in Montalcino is a great choice as the place to stay while touring Tuscany.
Montalcino is surrounded by a magnificent country side with ancient villages, medieval churches and Abbeys. Roman and Etruscan ruins and the famous 9th Century Abbey of S. Antimo built by Charlemagne and of course there is much, much more.

Although small (1400 inhabitants within the walls) Montalcino has over 220 wineries. It is the home of Italy’s premier wine “Brunello di Montalcino”. Montalcino is also the principal town of the "Parco Artistico e Naturale della Val D’ Orcia”.  Declared by UNESCO as a “WORLD HERITAGE SITE FOR HUMANITY’. The surrounding area of the Val D’ Orcia includes the hill towns of Pienza, San Quirico D’ Orcia, Radicofani and Castiglione D’ Orcia.

There is so much to see and do in Montalcino and its surrounding countryside, that many of our long term guests take the opportunity to use Montalcino as a base for day trips to; Siena, Florence, S. Gimignano, Volterra, Lago Trasimeno, Pitigliano, La Maremma and the Tuscan Coast. Situated at nearly 600 meters above the river valleys of the Ombrone, Orcia and Asso rivers and just 40 km from the Mediterranean Sea, Montalcino’s climate is very gentile, with warm days and cool evenings.

Palazzina Cesira is a beautiful 13th Century residence with a refined and tranquil ambience. An elegant home, located in the historic center of Montalcino. It is a place where you will experience the style and atmosphere of times gone by.

The dignity of the old world with the comforts of our Modern Era creates an inviting and relaxed environment for our guests.

Palazzina Cesira offers lovely en suite Double rooms and Mini-suites, antique furnishings, flat screen TV with satellite channels, free WiFi. A beautiful sitting room and private garden to relax in.

Our rooms are air conditioned during the summer (rarely needed) and centrally heated when its cool. A complete breakfast, Continental or American style is served in the dining room or in the garden patio. Our free off street permit parking is located nearby.

After nearly 20 years living in the most beautiful river valley in Tuscany, It is always a pleasure for us to share our knowledge of the area with our guests.  We are happy to help our guests coordinate winery tours and day trips to the nearby villages and towns and to our ancient churches and Abbeys.

While planing your trip to Tuscany. Come to the Heart of Tuscany, to Montalcino and spend a few days here and enjoy a life long experience.


The Festival of the Thrush

Last sunday of October - Montalcino

The Festival of the Thrush 01-09-2016



11:00 AM   PiazzaDel  Popolo -  Folk dance of “Trescone”

11:30 AM    Parade towards Piazza del Popolo

12:00 AM  “PiazzaDel  Popolo” -  Drawing of  the Archers from the four city districts

4:00 PM     Departure of the Historical Procession from “Piazza Cavour”  to the Field of  Draught

4:45 PM   “ Provaccia/Competition”  of  the Archers on the football field


9:00 AM  Folk dance of “Trescone”  through the Town’s streets

11:00 AM   Departure of the Historical Parade from “Piazza Cavour” to “Piazza del  Popolo”

11:30 AM  “PiazzaDel Popolo” - The Crier announces the Festival of the Thrush

11:45 AM  Archers’ Blessing in front of  St. Egidio’s church

12:00 AM   Fortress-  Archers' Greeting

 3:15 PM    Departure  of the Historical  Procession from “Piazza Cavour” to the Field of Draught

 3:45 PM    Archery Competition on the football Field


saturday and sunday From 9 Am to 8 pm - Giardini Impero-  you can find the Quarters’ stands where  it’s  possible to eat the local products.


Since 1958, Montalcino has celebrated the Festival of the Thrush on the last sunday of October. This is similar to the Opening of the Hunting Season, a smaller festival celebrated on the second sunday of August. Twince a year the four quarters of Montalcino, Borghetto (white and red), Pianello (white and blue), Ruga (yellow and blue) and Travaglio (red and yellow), challenge each other in an archery competition that inflames the hearts of the whole community.


The Festival of the Thrush dates back to an old hunting tradition in this region. Even today, the fall migration of birds, especially of thrush, arriving from the north is more intense that elsewhere in these hills where olive trees alternate with wineyards and Mediterranean bush. In the Middle Ages, hunters and falconers would hunt in the woods of the county and come back with abundant prey. Feasts and banquets were then celebrated and everyone was admitted, noble and common people alike. The men would compete in jousts and tournaments to test theire bravery and skill, while the women showed their abilities by preparing the game and serving the plentiful local wine. Today, the festivities begin in the morning, when the boys and maidens of “Trescone” (a traditional dance) sing and dance to the music of the accordion inviting all to join in the celebration. They wear the traditional dress of the Tuscan countryside from the 1800s.



In the meantime, a procession of about 150 locals in historical costumes parades through the streets. The houses are adorned with the colored flags of the four quarter. The carefully handcrafted costumes were made by well-known costume designers and inspired by the clothing style of the XIV and XV century. The procession accompanied by historical trumpets and drums, pays tribute to the Lady of the Fortress. Surronded by her court, they waiting under the arches of the city hall for the knights, pageboys and archers to return from hunting. From a window under the municipal tower that overlooks the main square, the town crier officially announces the opening of the Festival of the Thrush and set free some of the birds in honour of the Lordship of the Fortress.


The procession moves on to Piazza Garibaldi, where the archers, the true heroes of the afternoon tournament, are blessed in front of the ancient church of Saint Egidio and then they arrive at the ancients fortress, where the four Quarter serve local food to everyone: pappardelle (broad pasta ribbons) in boar souce, pinci (hand made pasta noodles) in meat sauce, hearty bean soup and grilled meat all accompanied by the famous local wines. In the afternoon the procession starts again, moving towards the sports field behind the fortress where the archery competition takes place in the shadow of the former bastions of the rock. This is a moment of tension and hope; old rivalries rise up and all the attention focuses on the archers. The previous day, two archers' names are drawn from the lot to represent their quarter on the field. On the orders of the “Capitano del Campo” (Captain of the Field), the first four (one for each quarter) shoot five arrows each in four series of gradually increasing distance and point. At the end of the competition, the quarter with the most points wins. The victorius captain receives the silver arrow in the name of his quarter who also earns the right to sing hymns of victory and ridicule the losers.




The celebrations go on all winter and  the losers have to bear jokes and jests from the winner.


The Festival of the Thrush is not only a festival rooted in history, but is also an expression of the people of Montalcino and their social community. Furthermore it is also a wonderful revival of the past and the ancient rivalry between Borghetto, Pianello, Ruga and Travaglio, the four villages which flourished on the slopes of the hill a thousand years ago which, together, gave birth to the city of Montalcino.



Quarter Travaglio


Quarter Pianello



Quarter Ruga


Quarter Borghetto


Il Trescone