South of Siena you can find the ancient towns of Monatlcino and Pienza. Montalcino is located on the top of a hill, in one of the most important wine production areas in the world: The famous Brunello di Montalcino (together with the Rosso di Montalcino and the Sant'Antimo) is produced with sangiovese grapes of Montalcino. But the town itself is worth a visit, with its typical medieval architecture and it pentagonal fortress
Not very far from Montalcino, in the heart of the Valdorcia, you can find Pienza: famous for its “Pecorino” cheese production, Pienza is rich in history and culture and it's the "touchstone of Renaissance urbanism." . Its history is strictly connected to Pope Pius II, that was born there and wanted it to be rebuilt as the ideal renaissance town. Both Pienza and Montalcino are therefore intresting both for lovers of good food and wine and for people loving nature, history and art.