Montepulciano is a lovely medieval and Renaissance hill town of Southern Tuscany.
The main Corso that goes from Porta al Prato to the Piazza Grande is a wonderful walk (make sure to wear comfortable shoes). The Piazza is one of the most beautiful of Tuscany and the Corso is full of lovely shops and “enoteca” where you can taste the “Nobile” and “Rosso” di Montepulciano
The most important buildings face each other across the beautiful Piazza Grande. Sit on the steps of the Duomo to relax after the walk up to the Piazza and enjoy the Town Hall on your left, designed by Michelozzo in the tradition of Piazza della Signoria, Florence.
The amazing Palazzo Nobili Tarugi in front of you, it is entirely in travertine, with a portico and the Pozzo dei Grifi e dei Leoni next to it. If you’re brave enough climb the Town Hall tower to see the Piazza from above and the three lakes of the Val di Chiana on the horizon.
Cathedral – Facing the Palazzo Tarugi it has a simple Mannerist façade with a three-arcade portico. The interior has a single nave, and houses a precious terracotta altar by Andrea della Robbia.
Fortezza – A few steps from Piazza Grande there’s the massive, imposing Fortezza surrounded by a lovely Italian garden. It is probably one of the oldest buildings in the city, it was built on the site of an ancient Roman temple dedicated to god Mercury. Today has been partially restored and has become an important cultural centre. The garden is a lovely area to sit down and rest after you’ve walked all the way up to the Piazza.
San Biagio – The Sanctuary of San Biagio has become an architectural symbol of Montepulciano., designed by Antonio da Sangallo the elder. The imposing centrally planned travertine stone sanctuary, the principal facade flanked by two bell towers (one incomplete) and the perfect dome combine to make this an ideal example of the architectural theories of the Renaissance.
Make a stop in the garden surrounding the Church to relax and enjoy beautiful views.
On the last Sunday of august Montepulciano is home of a delightful game: The Bravio delle Botti
Wine barrels are rolled up along the narrow streets of this lovely town.