When you making tour of Tuscany , Montepulciano is definitely highly recommended. This hill town is located between the wonderful Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners.
Montepulciano have ideal position to stay and this is perfect base to explore this beautiful part of Tuscany, from here, you can reach the beautiful Pienza, the thermal village of Bagno Vignoni and Montalcino, then, on the other side of the Val di Chiana valey you can find a nice and charming Cortona.
Your tour can start from the main gate of the town Porta al Prato. From this point Montepulciano is crossed by a main long wide street called the Corso and finish to main square of the city Piazza Grande. Main street (il Corso) is full of all kinds of shops and fashionable stores. A series of beautiful and elegant palaces( like Palazzo Avignonesi) succeed one after the other, until you come in front of the Church of Sant’ Agostino, by Michelozzo. Continuing on the main street, you will meet incredible Palazzo Cervini, and two steps after is the home of Poliziano, a great poet and humanist and under the patronage of the famous Lorenzo dè Medici. Also, Poliziano was teacher to the Medici children.
In the end of your walk, you will found the big and beautiful Piazza Grande, the focus of the city. You will feel unique and evocative atmosphere offered by the plaza surrounded by the Duomo, the Palazzo Comunale, the Palazzo Tarugi and the Palazzo Contucci, where you’ll find his beautiful wine cellars and wine tastings.
We strongly recommended to visit cantina del Redi, whose wine cellars will leave you breathless. For lunch and the wine tasting you can go to cantina Gattavecchi (ex monastery). Terrace with beautiful views ,delicious food and a good glass of wine is the ideal place for relaxation and enjoyment. Like Montalcino, Montepulciano is well known for the great production of red wine,its “Nobile di Montepulciano” which is one of the most famous Italian wines in Italy.
Vino Nobile wines are blended with 70% of Sangiovese (named Prugnolo Gentile) , 30% of Canaiolo, Mammolo or Colorino to add structure and balance, although there are also wines made with 100 percent Sangiovese.In the zone of Montepulciano we have a lot of wine producers which are Poliziano, Gattavecchi, Salcheto, Contucci, etc.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG (Denomination of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin) is highest award in the world of Italian wine.
If you are wine lovers then you are definitely in the right place!