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Montepulciano is the highest of Tuscany’s postcard-perfect medieval hill towns, offering bird’s-eye vistas over the surrounding Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana. Wine lovers travel here to sample Vino Nobile produced in the area’s world-class cellars and winery tours and tastings top the to-do list. Montepulciano’s intact medieval old town is also a star attraction, peppered with highlights like the historic town hall, a terracotta altar by Andrea della Robbia in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, and the Madonna di San Biagio sanctuary just outside of town.
The Tuscan hill town of Montepulciano is best known for wine and stunning architecture. Vino lovers will surely recognize the town’s name from bottles of rich reds, while history buffs will be aware of its haul of medieval structures, including mighty city walls and sweeping squares lined with historic palazzi....More
Yes, Montepulciano is worth visiting as part of a trip through Tuscany. The town is less than an hour away from Siena or Perugia. Many day trips from further-away spots like Florence or Lucca also include Montepulciano on their itineraries; it’s a “must-visit” spot for wine, views, and sights....More
Head to Piazza Grande and wander the small streets nearby until you stumble on a belvedere (lookout point). Or, if you’d like a less obstructed view, consider driving to the church of San Biagio, a mere five minutes from the city center....More
An overnight stay will give you plenty of time. Spend the day wandering the storied streets, soaking up tower-top views from the Palazzo Comunale, and indulging in a glass of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. After dinner, when the day-trippers have left, you can soak up the town’s beauty without crowds....More
Yes, but the station is roughly 5 miles (8 kilometers) from the main town, and it sits on a local line. Visitors from Florence or Rome may be better off taking an express train to Chiusi, then hopping on one of the frequent buses that run from there to Montepulciano....More
Montepulciano is in Tuscany, which sits roughly in the middle of the country, just above the knee of Italy’s boot. The closest big cities are Siena and Perugia, although it’s also reasonably close to other Tuscan big names like San Gimignano, Livorno, and Arezzo....More