Skip to main content

ITALY'S BEST HONEY: Settimana del miele 2012

View on cypress and olive trees and Montalcino's fortress
View toward Montalcino's fortress, location of the honey fair

People visit Montalcino to taste fabulous reds at Brunello wineries or to listen to Gregorian chants at the stunning Sant'Antimo abbey. Others just want to drive through the rolling hills of the Val d'Orcia or have discovered Montalcino as an ideal location for a celebrity break. But that's not all.

Every second weekend in September Montalcino hosts the annual honey fair (settimana del miele), during which producers from all over Italy present their natural honeys. The lack of rain and the hot temperatures of summer 2012 have created diffiulties for wine and honey producers alike. Get the background information whilst you taste yourself through some of Italy's best honeys (e.g. the rare erica honey or some of Northern Italy's fine mountain honeys).


Friday, September 7th
10am opening of the market stands in Montalcino's fortress
6pm award handout Premio Ape d'Oro 2012

Saturday, September 8th 
9pm opening of the market stands in Montalcino's fortress
9.30am to 1pm at teatro degli Astrusi (Montalcino's theater), conference on the theme of “burocracy and apiculture”
4pm honey and wine tasting at Montalcino's fortress
5pm guided visit to local honey producers
6pm teatro degli Astrusi, premiation of the competition “Il miele del Sindaco”
6.30pm teatro degli Astrusi - award handover of the “Roberto Franci” honey competition

Sunday, September 9
9am opening of the market stands in Montalcino's fortress (until 7pm)
11am conference at the fortress: “Honey, health and income - how to succeed in apiculture”
4pm fortress: workshop “The tastes of honey”
The honeys that participate at the International Honey Competition can be tasted for free at the fortress under the guidance of an expert.

During the weekend of the honey fair Montalcino's restaurants will serve special menus dedicated to honey.

For further info check: ASGA MONTALCINO

Popular posts from this blog


Sant'Antimo abbey near Montalcino You don't have to be a catholic to remain spellbound by the eternal beauty of the Sant'Antimo abbey. The Tuscan church and monastery can turn a stubborn skeptic into a reborn spiritual. At least for the time of the visit. 


Whilst  the  sell-out of tourist destination is a well known plague all through Italy, t here exists a tiny town in UNESCO Heritage Val d'Orcia which forgoes made in  China souvenirs and just opened a bookshop instead. Bagno Vignoni is one of  Tuscany's oldest tourist destinations.  In fact the historic spa town has never been anything else than a tourist destination,  and the ratio of inhabitants to visitors must always have been at least 1 to 10. Having looked after  medieval  pilgrims, ailing popes and saints ( St.  Catherine of Siena used to live here for a while),  Bagno Vignoni isn't tempted at all  to put out plastic chairs or pizza takeaways for  present day travelers.  I used to live close to Bagno Vignoni and have fond memories of chasing my first -born around the town's main square  which consists of a steaming hot  water pool (a  must-see sight for urban architects!).  Our healthy mornings were usually finished off  with a slice of fudge chocolate c


About 40 minutes south of Siena and a bit over an hour from the Tuscan coast, Val d'Orcia lies to the east of the Maremma and to the west of Montepulciano and Umbria. The UNESCO world heritage site is made up by the territories of Montalcino, San Quirico d'Orcia  (with historic spa town Bagno Vignoni ) , Pienza, Castiglione d'Orcia and Radicofani. The Orcia river crosses two more municipalities (Castel del Piano and my hometown Cinigiano ), where it divides the province of Siena from the province of Grosseto (Tuscany's two southernmost areas) before flowing into the Ombrone river.    View VAL D'ORCIA MAP in a larger map