Montepulciano
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Montepulciano

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Our Editorial team's advice

Welcome to the Tuscany of postcards, with its hills, its vineyards and its steeples. Montepulciano and its surroundings, representing the very essence of Tuscany, are to be visited with a camera in hand, ready to immortalise the changing colours of the green hills and the steeples. Pastoral and peaceful, nothing disturbs the tranquillity of the winding little streets and the peaceful villages.

To see

Walk around inside the old ramparts of Montepulciano, a small town dating back to the 14th century.
Visit the Medieval market towns of Pienza and Montalcino as well.

To do

Traditional festivals: the Bravio delle Botti, a race which dates back to the 14th century between the eight districts of Montepulciano (Cagnano, Collazzi, Gracciano, Coste, Poggiolo, San Donato, Talosa, and Voltaia) on the last Sunday of August. In the city's main streets spingitori (runners) roll an 80 kg barrel from Colonna del Marzocco to the cathedral forecourt on Piazza Grande.

pros

  • +  The cultural wealth
  • +  The rich variety of gastronomic food and wine products.

cons

  • -  The prices are too "touristic" and often unjustified
  • -  The necessity of a car to get around.

To think about

The agritourism places are often located on hidden minor roads that are rather poorly sign-posted. Even a GPS sometimes has difficulty finding them. Here are few pieces of advice: (1) stay calm, (2) make sure you have a good, detailed map of the area, and (3) do not hesitate to flag down passersby for directions.

To avoid

If you don't have a car? Unfortunately, you have to visit the Siena countryside by car, especially if you have planned on doing a tour of the area.

To try

Noble Wine of Montepulciano DOCG.

To bring back

You will undoubtedly take back with you a range of all the delights you were able to taste during your stay. Don't forget to leave some room in your suitcase for them. First of all, the flavoured or non-flavoured extra virgin olive oil, but also the "Noble Wine" of Montepulciano.
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