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    Palazzo Comunale - climb the tower!

    by sue_stone Written Oct 3, 2006

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    Located on Piazza Grande is Palazzo Comunale, the towns original, and still functioning, town hall. Built in the 13th century, it was remodelled in the 15th century and is in good condition today.

    Take a wander inside and then climb the stairs to the second floor. Here you can pay a small fee, which allows you to continue climbing up to the top of the tower.

    There aren't too many stairs (I promise!), and it is really worth the climb to enjoy the stunning views over the town and surrounding valleys.

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    Piazza Grande

    by sue_stone Written Oct 3, 2006

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    Palazzo Tarugi and the well
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    The centre of Montepulciano is Piazza Grande, which sits at the towns highest point. The square is lined with some grand buildings, including the 16th century cathedral. There are some lovely looking cafes and restaurants on the square and it is a great place for a meal, coffee or glass of wine and a people watch.

    The square is home to the town hall, Palazzo Comunale. You can also see the elegant Palazzo Tarugi, and in front of it, the town's original well, dating back to 1520, which has some lions sitting on top of it.

    You can't miss the Palazzo Contucci, or should I say, you shouldn't miss it, as it has an extensive wine cellar hiding underneath!

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    Chiesa del Gesu

    by sue_stone Written Oct 3, 2006

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    As we wandered around Montepulciano we came across the little Chiesa del Gesu.

    This church has a fairly unattractive brick façade, but it is worth popping inside to see its surprisingly nice Baroque interior. There are some lovely colourful frescoes, the one above the altar is particularly nice.

    It is also great to be able to view a church when there is no one else inside.

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    Duomo (Cathedral)

    by sue_stone Written Oct 3, 2006

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    Montepulciano's cathedral sits on the southern side of Piazza Grande. Construction was completed in 1630, although its façade is unfinished, and very plain in comparison to the stunning marble facades of the cathedrals in nearby Siena and Florence.

    The inside is thankfully more interesting, with a very impressive altarpiece which was created in 1401. It is painted on wood and decorated with real gold.

    I particularly liked the ray of sunlight that streamed in through a window on the ceiling, creating a circle of light on the floor, making for an interesting, albeit a little bit blurry, photo.

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    Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Servi

    by sue_stone Written Oct 3, 2006

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    After checking out Chiesa del Gesu, we wandered along the town walls, enjoying the views. We then came across Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Servi, at the end of Via Poliziano.

    The outside of the church and bell tower is a mix of stone and brick, and it looks like is has been extended over the years. Inside is another lovely Baroque interior, though it may be hard to tell from my fuzzy photo.

    Next to the church are some seats where you can sit and check out the view.

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    Torre di Pulcinella & Chiesa di Sant'Agostino

    by sue_stone Updated Oct 4, 2006

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    The tiny Piazza Michelozzo can be found about 200 metres from Porta al Prato, as you climb the hill towards the centre of town. Here you can check out two interesting buildings.

    Firstly, built by Michelozzo, is the Chiesa di Sant'Agostino, which has a lovely white stone façade. Before you go inside, look up and check out the Madonna & child, with St Augustine & John the Baptist, above the door. The church was closed when we visited.

    Opposite the church is the Torre di Pulcinella. This is a medieval clock tower, and on top you can see the figure of Pulcinella (Punch, as in Punch & Judy), who strikes the hours on his bell. We walked by a couple of times but missed out seeing the little fellow in action.

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    Colonna del Marzocco

    by sue_stone Written Oct 3, 2006

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    Colonna del Marzocco

    Located in the centre of the small Piazza Savonarola, just off Via di Gracciano nel Corso, is the Colonna del Marzocco. This tall column was erected in 1511 and was built to confirm Montepulciano's allegiance to Florence.

    Squatting on top of the column is a cute stone lion which looks to be holding a shield. This lion is actually a copy of the original - the latter can be seen at the towns Museo Civico.

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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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    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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    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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    Wine tasting

    by MovingMere Written Jan 10, 2008

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    Cantina Gattavecchi

    Grotte del 1200

    We stumbled into this this wonderful gem to get away from the cold. Located at the back of and underneath a 13th century church, the church of Santa Maria dei Servi, this winery is family owned and world famous. One of the family members was there to greet us and offer free wine tasting as well as bread and olive oil from the local vineyards and groves. We each got two bottles of wine to take home (from 7 euros) and I got a liter of olive oil. Fantastic! We later opened one of my bottles to help celebrate my 25th birthday.

    She was such a delightful person, and was so proud of her product that she let us downstairs to show us the wine barrels and point out the olive press that had been in her family for generations. I have posted a picture of her and my mom. With out bits of Italian and Kevin's conversational Spanish, we were able to carry on a pretty lengthy conversation.

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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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