Medieval Montepulciano is squeezed onto a ridge of volcanic rock amid the gentle hills of southern Tuscany. The rugged topography has moulded the ancient town’s layout, as you’ll discover on Montepulciano holidays when you climb the main drag. Passing Renaissance palazzos, your reward at Montepulciano’s highest point is the aptly named Piazza Grande, overlooked by the cathedral and town hall. Want more beautiful views? Head up the tower at the Gothic-style Palazzo Comunale to survey the surrounding fields and cypress trees.
You’ll also spot vineyards, where you can taste the locally made Vino Nobile. This full-bodied red is the perfect accompaniment to local Chianina beef, which is best served as Tuscany’s beloved ‘Bistecca alla Fiorentina’ (chargrilled T-bone steak). You’ll no doubt raise many a glass of this noble wine on holidays to Montepulciano, to toast the town and its fine setting amid the Tuscan hills.
Take a hike
Enter the Porta al Prato gateway and climb the town’s eastern ridge on the main drag, along which you’ll spot the town’s most venerable buildings.
Explore the area
Take a trip to Pienza – a marvel of Renaissance architecture that owes its beauty to a locally born pope who commissioned several buildings in 1459.
Sample local produce
Testament to Tuscany’s fertile soil, there are a few weekly food markets in the Montepulciano area, including the Thursday market in town – a great place to stock up for a picnic.