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    Piazza Grande

    by sim1 Updated Jan 24, 2005

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    Piazza Grande, Montepulciano


    When you arrive at the top of the village you will be surprised by the beautiful main square called the Piazza Grande. On this square you can see the duomo, the Palazzo Comunale and the Palazzo de Nobili-Tarugi.

    In the picture you can see the square, with in the background the Palazzo Nobili-Tarugi and the Palazzo del Capitano.

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    Torre di Pulcinella clock tower

    by sim1 Updated Jan 24, 2005

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    Torre di Pulcinella clock tower


    It’s time to take a look inside the city walls. You have to leave your car behind though; the area inside the town walls is car free. The road up the hill through the town, called the ‘Corso’, is winding and long. It ends at the main square (Piazza Grande) and it is rather steep, so be prepared for the climb. But there are lots to see on the way up so you won't regret making the climb at all.

    On the way up you will pass the Piazza Michelozzo. In front of the church stands the Torre di Pulcinella (see picture). The short clock tower has a life-size Pulcinella on top who strikes the hours.

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    The beautiful village of Montepulciano

    by sim1 Updated Jan 24, 2005

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    When I arrived at the village I wasn't disappointed at all. The whole village is surrounded by walls and fortifications (designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Elder in 1511). And inside the walls the narrow streets leads you further up the hill. On the way up and at the top you can see lots of Renaissance-style palazzi and churches.

    I was so busy with looking at this wonderful town that I forgot to take a lot of photos. So I am posting the view that I have, not many, but I hope you will enjoy them anyway!

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    Love at first sight...

    by sim1 Updated Jan 24, 2005

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    Montepulciano


    Montepulciano is a wonderful village about 70km south-east of Siena and 70km north of Orvieto. I loved this village so much that I have been here twice, hahaha, and that doesn't happen that often to me.

    Montepulciano is located on a hilltop surrounded by the wonderful Tuscan landscape. You can see the village from a distance, and the first time I saw this village from far I knew I had to visit it.

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    Palazzo Contucci

    by Helga67 Updated Nov 18, 2004

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    Palazzo Contucci

    This palazzo stands on the western side of Piazza Grande and to the right of the cathedral.

    Inside there is a wonderful salon decorated and furnished in the typical style of the 16th century. It has a painting with a trompe-l'oeuil of a colonnade leading to an exedra and then into a garden.

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    The Cathedral - interior

    by Helga67 Written Nov 17, 2004

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    Funerary monument

    Inside the cathedral on the left side of the entrance you can see this funerary monument to Bartolomeo Aragazzi. This is a beautiful work by Michelozzo, who carved it in honour of the personal secretary of Pope Martin V Colonna. The great expressiveness of the face is the most striking feature of this statue.

    Walk around in the cathedral and admire the other artworks too.

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    The Well

    by Helga67 Updated Nov 10, 2004

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    Well

    There's a lovely well standing in a corner of Piazza Grande, at the point where there is a small space, squeezed in between the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo and the Palazzo Tarugi.

    It's a small architectural gem of the late Renaissance, built in 1520.

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    Palazzo Comunale

    by Helga67 Updated Nov 10, 2004

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    Town hall

    The town hall dominates the east side of the square. It's an elegant, austere building with a tall tower. It is divided into three levels, of which the lower one, which occupies almost half the height of the façade, is strongly articulated. At the centre is a great doorway, accentuated by a stone arch and there is a stone bench alongside the façade.
    You can climb the tower for an enjoyable wide panorama view.
    Have a look inside, the town hall has an lovely courtyard.

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    Piazza Grande

    by Helga67 Updated Nov 10, 2004

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    Piazza Grande

    Piazza Grande is the historical, political and religious centre of Montepulciano. It lies at the highest point of the town. It's a rather small square surrounded by medieval buildings. Here you will find the town hall, cathedral and the Palazzo Contucci and Palazzo Tarugi. It has a lovely well and one cafe with terrace.

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    Cafa Poliziano

    by ruxi Updated May 5, 2004

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    View from the terrace

    If you stop by Montepulciano, you must have your chocolate (drink) in this place. It dates back in 1868, and many Italian artists (Fellini, Pirandello) have been its clients.

    It has 30 types of different chocolates (thick, rich chocolate) and lots of Montepulciano wines (try nobile).

    Try to have a table on the terrace; you get wonderful views of Tuscany landscape.

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    Piazza Grande

    by sandysmith Updated Mar 16, 2003

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    Piazza Grande

    Montepulciano's main square is well named, it certainly is grand and on such a theatrical scale. It is built on the highest point of the ridge, a fine setting for the Duomo. However it is the 13th century gothic PALAZZO COMUNALE which is most striking. Michelozzo's tower, an imitation of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. This can be climbed for the best view of the square and surrounding tuscan counrtyside. Its free but take note it is closed on Sundays.

    We enjoyed a rest in the square here, having climbed up the hill, with a coffee and drinking in all the amazing architecture around us.

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    Montepulciano View

    by sandysmith Written Jan 19, 2003

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    Before you enter the gate you wil need to catch your breath to climb up to the Piazza Grande and fortress - so pause for a while and admire the churches of Santa Lucia and San Francesco from this angle. They can be passed on the way down.

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    Palazzo Nobili-Tarugi

    by sandysmith Written Jan 19, 2003

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    This palazzo is just by the fountain and is quite novel in that a public loggia has been cut through at on corner. Originally it had an extension on the third floor, but this has now been bricked in.

    Nezxt to it in this pic is the Palazzo Cantucci where you can sample some of the famous Vino Nobile - Montepulciano's wine trademark.

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    Tower House

    by sandysmith Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Tower House

    This tower house is a rare feature in Montepulciano. On the top is a figure of a clown, the PULCINELLA, which striles the hours on the town clock. It is purported to have been errected by an exiled bishop from Naples - hence a rarity in Tuscany.

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    Wine tasting & admiring the architecture

    by MovingMere Written Jan 10, 2008
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    The building shown here is on many of the bottles of wine from Montepulciano. We took it from yet another winery, but it wasn't doing tasting at the time.

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