La Crociona Holiday Farm is located along the road from Montalcino to the magnificent Sant'Antimo's Abbey. Montalcino owes almost everything to its surrounding forest, including the name, Monte Ilcinus (mountain of holm-oak), and its coat of arms (a holm-oak tree above six red mountains). The place-name has been recorded in manuscripts as sub Monte Lucinii in 814, Montalcino in 1181 and Monte Ilcino in 1214.
The territory of the municipality of Montalcino extends over 24,000 hectares at 564m above sea level between the Ombrone Valley to the northwest, the Orcia Valley to the south and the Asso Valley to the east. The area of Montalcino is part of the Artistic, Natural and Cultural Park of the Val d'Orcia, which, with its beautiful scenery, has been a UNESCO Heritage Site since 2005, and is famous the world over for the production of excellent wines including the outstanding Rosso di Montalcino and Brunello di Montalcino.
Sant'Antimo's Abbey is a marvellous architectural complex 9km from Montalcino. According to legend, the Abbey stands on an old votive chapel erected by Charlemagne in 781 AD, even though the building itself was built between 1000 and 1118.
An extraordinary example of Romanesque Lombard-French architecture built in onyx and alabaster, Sant'Antimo Abbey reveals its excellence in the apse formed externally from the radial chapels along the long internal ambulatory, also in the capitals decorated with geometric plaiting, floral motifs and figures of animals, most notably the one representing Daniel in the lions' den recently attributed to the Maestro di Cabestany.