Discovering Montepulciano high atop the golden hills of Tuscany, Italy
|Montepulciano – quaint medieval streets wind their way around the citadel. All photography is property of EuroTravelogue™. Unauthorized use is prohibited.|
|Montepulciano – view of surrounding Tuscan countryside|
|Welcome to Montepulciano – Southern Gate|
Located in southern Tuscany, Montepulciano is about one and a half to two hours south of Florence when you travel the scenic countryside roads, specifically the SR2 which leads to the general area. The magnificent sights that surround you along the way are just as awe-inspiring as the walled city of Montepulciano itself. Plan to pull over many times during your journey because as you wind your way around the Tuscan hills, another picture perfect postcard view of Tuscany awaits! Read more about driving in Tuscany.
|The hilltop town of Montepulciano beckons to all who visit Tuscany.|
Suddenly Montepulciano comes into view. Perched high atop the Tuscan countryside, it rises to almost 2,000 feet above sea level and overlooks miles and miles of breathtaking Tuscan vistas. The roads meander and wind around back and forth until you’re finally at the gates. Plan to park just outside the city walls because once inside, the streets are very narrow and parking is at a premium.
|Heading north from Piazza Grande|
|Santa Maria Assunta or the Montepulciano Duomo with its unfinished facade was constructed between 1594 - 1680.|
|Montepulciano cafe and shops of Piazza Grande.|
Eventually, you’ll make your way to the Piazza Grande or the city centre where you’ll find Montepulciano’s Duomo, aka Santa Maria Assunta, with its unfinished façade dating back to the 17th century; the Palazzo Comunale or Town Hall built in the 13th century and it’s no coincidence that it closely resembles the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence; the Palazzo Tarugi; and the Palazzo Contucci – where the wine-making family resides to this day and welcomes visitors to come and taste their Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, the wine their family has made for centuries! Don't forget to pick up your bottle. If you like, you can have it shipped home to enjoy as you reminisce about your time in the city. Perhaps you want to enjoy lunch in the Piazza Grande or dinner at any of the number of restaurants throughout Montepulciano. Lots to choose from.
|The Palazzo Comunale|
Just beyond the city gates at the base of the hill, don’t miss the the Church of San Biagio - a stunning masterpiece of Renaissance architecture designed and built by none other than Antonio da Sangallo the Elder from 1518 to 1545.
Here’s a quick video tour of Montepulciano with Rick Steves guiding your journey: