Montepulciano Travel Guide
view from the tower
Beautiful hill town with lots of charm and great views of the countryside
In a nutshell
Very pretty town that typifies the hills of Tuscany!
Take a cooking class from cookbook author Pamela Sheldon Johns (15 cookbooks about Italian food!).she takes you to the market, pick some things from her organic garden, and then you prepare the meal hands-on in her farmhouse kitchen.They also produce an organic extra-virgin...
Cantina GattavecchiGrotte del 1200We 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...
Go Wine Tasting
Montepulciano is famous of its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. It is one of my favorite red wines, and I specifically wanted to visit Montepulciano town because of this famous wine.Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a red wine with Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita...
See Piazza Grande & Town Hall
Piazza Grande is the real monumental center of Montepulciano and hosts the "Palazzo Comunale" (Town hall) 15th century, with a big tower from which it is possible to admire the view of the village of Radicofani, the Orcia Valleys and Lake Trasimeno.
2 Reviews and 96 Opinions Beautiful rooms. Great breakfast, terrific hostess Stefania and perfect location. Don,t miss it You...
Meuble' il Riccio Hotel
1 Review and 310 Opinions You must stay at this fantastic hotel to get a true taste of Italy. I can do nothing but second all...
Ristorante La Terrazza Del Chiostro: Have a meal in Pienza
I know this is supposed to be a restaurant tip for Montepulciano but we did not eat in town. Instead, right next door is the town of Pienza. We had dinner there and it was wonderful. I did not set up a Pienza travel page because we really didn't see much of the town. We just...
Trattoria Diva e Maceo: Fabulous proper Tuscan food
Traditional Tuscan made freshly. The restaurant is certainly not flashy in appearance, but the food was some of the best we experienced in our travels around Tuscany, and fantastic value too.
Farro risotto wrapped in raddiccio. A rich risotto made with farro grains and...
Pastries and coffees
We walked to the first open cafe to have breakfast the Sunday morning we left Montepulciano. As you can tell from the empty plates in the picture, our pastries were yummy. :) The view was pretty amazing also...
Borgo Buio Restorante: Family atmosphere
The restaurant was right across the street from our hotel, and was one of the most fun dinners we had. There were only three people working there - hosting, serving, and singing! Two servers seemed like siblings and the opera singer could have been their dad. Of course, they...
Ristorante 3 Stelle: Great Food
The Ristorante 3 Stelle is a fantastic restaurant located in Sant'Albino di Montepulciano. Here you can taste the real Sieneses cousine. I can suggest to try the delicious Pecorino di Pienza (Pienza Cheese). Very good are the Picci al Cinghiale (home made Pasta with wild...
Getting to Montepulciano & Parking
Italy has a reputation for crazy drivers, particularly in places like Rome and Naples. As we were not visiting any big cities we decided to brave driving in Italy, and I am pleased to say it all went without a hitch.I must admit that driving in the teaming rain on the...
Maladetti Leather Shop: Love that Leather!
The shop had a great selection of the most delectable leather purses. We bought wallets, purses, briefcase and are thoroughly thrilled with the purchases. We first went through the town rather hurriedly, and came back to spend the entire day in town, leisurely shopping and...
Creazioni d'Arte: Ceramics
One of the crafts the lovely Tuscany is known for is its ceramics, and this shop is full of beautiful pieces. The owner of this store was excited to hear that we were from the States, as he has clients all over the world including in our area.
I got a cap for my olive oil...
Pratesi: Italian leather boots
Shoes shoes shoes!!! OK, so there are tons of other great things here: jackets, gloves, purses... but the boots were the best part because this is where I finally found the pair I wanted. :) The girl working here was super nice and didn't mind that I tried on almost all of...
Maledetti Toscani: The oldest shop in Montepulciano
I labeled this as a local craft store because making Italian leather products is indeed a craft. Maledetti Toscani sells boots, bags, shoes, gloves, journals, wallets, and other accessories. My mom bought a beautiful pair of red gloves and Kevin bought brown shoes, which...
If you are looking to stock up on some Tuscan wine then you have come to the right place! Montepulciano is filled with wine shops and cellars, which is my idea of heaven....some people like shoe shops, I like wine shops!Many of the wine shops have tastings so you can try...
Pack for Cooler Temperatures
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Just remember Montepulciano is a higher altitude and will be cooler than Siena, Rome, or Florence. Now don't go overboard with this advice unless you're there for the winter snows, but you may wish to bring a light extra layer if you're there in early spring.
Written Apr 20, 2009
Visit quaint nearby towns
Travel to the nearby towns of San Quirico, Pienzaand Montalcino. All lovely in there own way.You can visit Montepulciano and the other three towns in one day. They are all small and very close to one another.
Montalcino is a beautiful Tuscan hill town, which sits looking over the Orcia valley, 38km west of Montepulciano. It is famous for its wine - Brunello di Montalcino, which is one of the best (and most expensive) wines produced in Italy.We stayed in Montalcino for two nights,...
Town Walls, Gates and Views
Montepulciano is a walled hill town, with the main entry gate, being the medieval Porta al Prato, at its northern end. Once inside the walls, it is virtually vehicle free. You can walk up the hill to the centre of town, or wander up and down the narrow streets off the main...
Montepulciano is located in the beautiful region of Tuscany. This part of Italy combines wonderful hilly landscapes with picturesque historic villages, often located on some idyllic hilltop.Of course some Tuscany also has some delicious food and wine to offer. No wonder that...
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