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Historic palaces and noble wine

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.

Your Montepulciano questions, answered

Yes – ‘New Moon’, the second film in the Twilight saga, was shot here, as were other Hollywood movies, from ‘The English Patient’ to ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.

The black and white figure of Pulcinella (Punch) strikes a bell on top of the town clock on Torre di Pulcinella, a medieval tower house on Il Corso.

Drivers can easily access Montepulciano via the Florence to Rome A1/E35 motorway. There are also regular local buses running to Siena, Pienza and Chiusi Scalo.

Best things to do in Montepulciano

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.


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