Montalcino, the lone hill between the Val d'Orcia
(a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2004) and the Valle dell’Ombrone where rivers of the same name run. Montalcino provides the perfect location for trail running; large climbs and descents as well as steep trails from its highest point, 680 m.a.s.l. to its lowest at 120 m.a.s.l., through the woods, which cover about 50% of the area, vineyards, and the famous Sienese hills, marked by numerous paths, mule tracks, cartroads, and historical routes like the Francigena and the Maremmana
Even the time period is no coincidence. Striving to maintain the link with the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino, the event will take place on the weekend prior to Benvenuto Brunello (the presentation of the latest vintage of Brunello di Montalcino released on the market that year): the second Sunday in February, guaranteeing weather conditions for real trail races!
BRUNELLO CROSSING is an event that was started by a group of sports enthusiasts and lovers of the Montalcino territory who got together and developed an idea that goes beyond the 44km, 23km, and 13km competitive races. There will also be a 13km non-competitive race and guided tour of wineries with a chance to try local specialties. On Sunday, there will be the Runners’ Lunch as well as several rest stops along both competitive and non-competitive routes highlighting the connection between sport, territory, and wine…obviously the finest!
The 2017 and 2018 editions both sold out two weeks before the race, giving us the proof that we were on the right path, getting positive feedback from both participants and the press.
We tried not to neglect the high technical/competitive profile of all the routes and participating athletes as well as the quality of services connected to the event, which created a pleasant and collaborative atmosphere.
There were many institutions, public and private, which contributed to successful previous editions.
The City Administration that backed us and helped right from the start; the Consorzio di Brunello di Montalcino that acted as a bridge between the registered runners and Brunello makers; the Municipal Police, Carabinieri, Misericordia, and Civil Protection that guaranteed a completely safe event.
The high profile of the main sponsors that, with their support, not only made this event possible, but also certified the quality and decorum of Brunello Crossing.
At this point, all that’s left to do is invite you to participate in one of our competitive races or non-competitive walks on February 10th, 2019 and guided tours of the Brunello di Montalcino wineries on February 9th.
A magical territory, which varies in its many forms: the different sides of the Montalcino hill slowly roll into the enchanting Val d’Orcia, to the bottom of Monte Amiata and to the plains leading to the sea on the other side. Harmonious rolling hills with soft elevations that alternate between olive groves, vineyards and fields of wheat. Small plots of land topped with isolated farmhouses, majestic castles, little country churches surrounded by their hamlets: this is the land of Brunello Crossing, dominated by the medieval town of Montalcino. If you run with us, you will enjoy all this in addition to the best that this territory produces, which make it an absolutely outstanding place the world over prova.
Exclusively for Brunello Crossing participants and their family members and friends, the chance to live moments that only Montalcino can offer: a truly unique sensorial experience, a type of tourism that is timeless and that gives the best it has to offer in every season.
FRANCO PACENTI - CANALICCHIO
ore 10.30 ore 12.00 ore 15.00
ore 10.30 ore 12.00 ore 15.00 ore 16.30
VILLA I CIPRESSI
ore 10.30 ore 12.00 ore 15.00
CANALICCHIO DI SOPRA
ore 11.00 ore 15:00
Cost € 18,00 per person (free for children under 16 years of age)
VISITE IN CANTINA CON PRANZO LEGGERODiscovering a territory also means exploring it in all of its flavours: bring out the wines, olive oil, salami, sweets, the typical products of Montalcino!
CIACCI PICCOLOMINI D'ARAGONA
FATTORIA DEI BARBI
ore 12.00 ore 13.00
ore 12.00CANTINA DI MONTALCINOore 12.00
Cost € 28,00 per person (10 euros per child under 16 years of age)
SAFFRON TOUR AND TASTINGLearn about and taste the red gold of Montalcino and the Val d’Orcia.
ore 10.00 11.30 13.00 14.30 16.00
Cost € 18,00 per person (10,00 euros per child under 16 years of age)
*Saffron tasting includes honey paired with pecorino cheese and local cold meats, cantucci biscuits and saffron beer.
“HANDS IN PASTA” with the ladies from Montalcino
Making “pasta” here with us is like casting a little spell!
ore 10.00 11.00 14.30 15.30 16.30
Cost € 10,00 per person
Shuttle supplement (for those who do not have their own vehicle and prefer booking a spot in the minivans): 8 euros per person.
Each winery has its own menu; in some places it is a cold lunch (canapés, cold meats, cheeses, salad) while in others there is a starter and a first dish or a hot second dish.
All tours and activities will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Participants will be divided into groups of 10-20 people according to the winery that they have chosen.
All those who sign up for tours and activities are entitled to a free visit of the Ramparts of the Fortress of Montalcino, scheduled for 17:00 on Saturday, February 9, 2019.
The tour of the Ramparts of the Fortress is made possible by the collaboration of the Pro Loco di Montalcino.
ou will be immediately be contacted by the organizers who will then provide you with all the payment information and will confirm your registration.