The scenery was excellent but the climb up to Castiglione got to us. It was long and steep. On the way up we could see a tower that we assumed marked the top.
We were relieved when we reached it, but the road continued to climb for another 2km by which time the tower was well below us. Harsh words were spoken.
Happily the climb up to Montalcino was a lot easier than we expected. The accommodation was outside the walls and had a pleasant view.
After settling in and scrubbing up, we walked the 500 metes to the town and had a truly excellent dinner at the Lonely Planet recommended Re di Macchia.