Montepulciano is a medieval city in Tuscany, Italy.
The city is located 180 km from Rome and about 95 km south of Florence.
Montepulciano is definitely worth a visit. It is a great place to visit and there is plenty to see and do. The city is mainly known for its medieval buildings and the beauty of the landscape.
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 little town in Tuscany. There are many sights, but I will tell you about the most important ones.
The main square of Montepulciano. Many scenes from the soap opera “The Medici Masters of Florence” have been shot for this purpose.
I found an old nail in this square. But it wasn’t rusty. I thought I found something worthwhile. But my wife upset me, she said that this nail was probably left over from the movie. I was crushed.
Piazza Grande is surrounded by buildings and attractions such as the Town Hall, the Palazzo Taruga, the Clock Tower, the Pozzo de Griffi de Lyoni and the Cathedral.
You get to the square along a long street. The street is called Corso. This street passes through the entire city up a slope from one of the ancient gates of Porta Al Prato.
Duomo, or Cathedral
The Duomo was built in the first half of the 17th century. Inside you find Taddeo di Bartolo’s Assumption of the Virgin. This triptych painted in 1401.
It’s a Gothic-style building with a high tower. The Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) looks like the Palazzo Della Signoria in Florence. The tower offers a stunning view of the surrounding area.
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 a cafe and enjoy the surroundings.
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
Look at this Google map I created to help you plan your trip to Val d’Orcia. This is an interactive map with many layers that you can turn on or off as you want. The map is constantly updated with new information. Subscribe to my website or save this map to use while traveling.
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 take the A1 motorway from Rome or Florence to the Valdichiana exit, south of Arezzo.
In fact, there are many ways. I suggest choosing one of the long roads through Tuscany, but if the 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
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