Montepulciano Travel Guide

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Montepulciano Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful hill town with lots of charm and great views of the countryside 

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     Quite Touristy 

  • In a nutshell
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     Very pretty town that typifies the hills of Tuscany! 

Montepulciano Things to Do

  • Cooking class

    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 olive oil and have Bed & Breakfast

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  • Wine tasting & admiring the architecture

    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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  • Visit the churches

    Because it was so chilly when we were there, we more time than usual inside the churches, admiring the art and architecture.

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  • Enjoy the view - you're in Tuscany!

    I think that speaks for itself. I could take in the view of Tuscany for hours, but because it was so chilly, we enjoyed it for shorter bursts. :)

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  • Wine tasting

    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 there to greet us and offer free wine tasting as well as bread and olive...

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  • 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 status produced in the surrounding vineyards. The wine is made primarily...

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  • 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.

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  • Torre di Pulcinella & Chiesa di...

    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...

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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...

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  • Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Servi

    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...

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  • Chiesa del Gesu

    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...

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  • Piazza Grande

    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...

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Montepulciano Hotels

Montepulciano Restaurants

  • 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 wanted to grab a bite to eat. This was an amazing restaurant! We ate...

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  • 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 presented as a parcel wrapped in raddiccio leaves. Just wonderful.

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  • 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...

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  • 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 may not be related at all, but it was fun to pretend it was a family...

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  • 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 boar). Then I suggest to try the delicious Fiorentina beefsteak cooked on the...

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  • Historic Cafe with fabulous views

    The place to have a coffee in Montepulciano is the historic Caffe Poliziano, which dates back to 1868. The café is perched on the edge of the hill, offering spectacular views across the valley. There is a restaurant downstairs with dining on a panoramic balcony. The café, on the main floor, had seating over two levels, plus a tiny terrace with a...

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Montepulciano Transportation

  • Tuscan road trip

    We rented a Fiat in Rome and drove through Italy. Getting to Montepulciano was pretty easy with the help of a map.

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  • 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 truck-infested autostrada wasn't my idea of fun, however being able to really get...

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  • By car

    Montepulciano lies some 60 km south of Siena. It can easily be reached by car. However, it's quite difficult to drive into the city. There are free parking areas at the bottom of the hill or halfway up the hill. Stairs will bring you into the fortified town.

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Montepulciano Shopping

  • 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 strolling. Leather goods and Pecorini cheese We found quality leather...

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  • 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 and Mama got some Christmas ornaments. All of his pieces were beautiful, and...

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  • 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 the shoes in my size. The picture only shoes the top of the boots, but...

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Montepulciano Local Customs

  • Vino

    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 before you buy. There are also a few large Cantinas that have cellars,...

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  • Local wine

    Nobile di Montepulciano is the famous wine of this city. The same grape is used as for the Chianti wine, but because Montepulciano vineyards have other soil, this wine is lively and more firm. After harvest, the wine is riping in oak barrels for some years before it is ready for consumption.Production is still in the hands of the noblesse of...

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  • Montepulciano Hotels

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Montepulciano What to Pack

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    by Linda&Jim Written Apr 20, 2009

    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.

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Montepulciano Off The Beaten Path

  • 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.

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  • Montalcino

    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, tasted our fair share of the local drop and explored the surrounding area....

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  • Pienza

    Located just 14 km from Montepulciano is the delightful town of Pienza, which is perched on a hill overlooking the rolling landscape of the Val d'Orcia. This tiny walled town is refreshingly not overrun with big tourist groups and is quiet enough to lose yourself to the stunning scenery surrounding it.There is not a lot to see here, it is more...

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  • 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 drag. Make sure you take a walk along part of the city walls as the views...

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  • Tuscany

    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 this region is so popular. And that is actually its main disadvantages....

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  • Where is Montepulciano??

    This gives you a rough idea where Montepulciano is located. Click on the map, so you can see the red little dot.Montepulciano is located in the region of Tuscany. Some nearby cities are:Florence: 116 kilometres to the northSiena: 64 kilometers to the north-westOrvieto: 68 kilometres tot he southPerugia: 66 kilometres to the eastJust 'around the...

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