Montepulciano is a medieval town in Tuscany, Italy.
The town located 180 km from Rome and about 95 kilometers south of Florence.
Montepulciano is definitely worth a visit. This is an excellent place to visit and there is much to see and do. The town is mostly known for its medieval buildings and its landscape’s beauty.
Montepulciano is a walled hill town on the hilltop and surrounded by vineyards for Nobile red wine. Renowned for its pork, cheese, “pici” pasta, lentils, and honey and… wine Nòbile di Montepulciano.
Things to do in Montepulciano
Montepulciano is my favorite tiny town in Tuscany. There are many attractions but I will talk about the most important of them.
The main square of Montepulciano. This was filmed a lot of scenes of soap opera “Medici Masters of Florence”. I found an old nail in this square. But it was not rusty. I thought I found something worthwhile. But my wife upset me, she said that this nail most likely remained after filming. I was crushed.
The Piazza Grande is surrounded by buildings and highlights such as The Town Hall, Palazzo Tarugi, Clock Tower, The Pozzo de’ Grifi a de’ Lioni and Duomo.
You get to the square, along the long street. The street called the Corso. This street runs through the town up the hill from one of the ancient gates of town Porta al Prato.
Duomo, or Cathedral
Duomo was built in the first part of the 17th century. Inside you find Taddeo di Bartolo’s Assumption of the Virgin. This triptych painted in 1401.
It’s building in the Gothic style with a high tower. Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) is looking likes Florence’s Palazzo Della Signoria. From the tower, there are amazing views of the surrounding.
High tower with the clock and bell ringer on the roof.
The walls were designed by Antonio da Sangallo in 1511. You can sit in the cafe and enjoy the surrounding countryside.
Madonna di San Biagio Church
The church locates below Montepulciano. It is a beautiful Renaissance church by architect Sangallo. He worked on this project for 16 years from 1518 until his death.
A visit to Montepulciano wouldn’t be complete without exploring one or more of these wine cellars. Montepulciano is well known for the great production of red wine “Nobile di Montepulciano”.
Montepulciano Italy map
Parking in Montepulciano
There is free parking just outside the walls. You can drive and in to drop luggage. The ZTL is monitored by the local police rather than by cameras. Look parking on the map.
How to get there
The best way to travel to Tuscany is by car. You can drive with the A1 freeway from Rome or Florence to the Valdichiana exit, south of Arezzo.
In fact, there are many ways. I advise picking one of the long roads through Tuscany but if scenery along the way is important to you.
Taking a train to Chiusi. There is a station on a major train line between Rome and Florence. A bus line connects Chiusi with Montepulciano.
Where to stay
Check the Montepulciano Hotels Map