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Discovering Montepulciano

Montepulciano Tuscany

Standing high atop a hill in southern Tuscany not too far from Siena, Montepulciano is a medieval town of rare beauty highly recommended visiting in Tuscany. The city, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners, boasts vast panoramas all over the wonderful Val d'Orcia and Val di Chiana valleys that surround it.

Montepulciano's strategic position makes it a perfect base from which to explore this beautiful corner of Tuscany; from here, you can reach the charming Pienza, the thermal village of Bagno Vignoni, the famous Montalcino and a lot of other enchanting villages in a very short time.

Just be prepared to share the town: Montepulciano has received great attention following the filming of the vampire saga Twilight sequel New Moon here and has seen a notable increase in visitors.

Piazza Grande is the heart of Montepulciano and the setting for its main events, including the barrel-racing Bravio delle Botti contest held in August every year and much more. A walk through Montepulciano is the best way to view the town and its beautiful landmarks as well as enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside covered by vineyards producing the famous Nobile!

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A walk through Montepulciano

If you’re in southern Tuscany, a visit to Montepulciano is a must. Here is an itinerary for a walk through this small walled hilltop medieval town to the south of Siena.

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The Bravio delle Botti in Montepulciano

Il Bravio delle Botti is one of the most interesting and original festivals in Tuscany. The race consists of pushing large wine barrels uphill through the town, the finish line being in the beautiful Piazza Grande, the heart of Montepulciano. The Bravio takes place every year on the last Sunday of August. If you're around, we recommend you go see it and the parade in historical costume that precedes it.

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Stuart Apartments in Montepulciano

Would you like to stay in Montepulciano and have wine shops, cafes and restaurants minutes away? With free parking nearby, the Stuart Apartments are perfect for exploring the town as well as the stunning landscapes of the Val d'Orcia area and its wineries. The four self-catering apartments are suited for 2-4 guests and offer stunning vistas of the town and surrounding countryside.

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Learn to cook with Mamma Ornella

Located just outside Montepulciano, Agriturismo Le Caggiole is surrounded by the splendid Tuscan countryside covered with vineyards. The family run apartments & B&B offer a hearty breakfast & delicious dinners made with local products. Learn to prepare Tuscan specialities with chef "Mamma Ornella".

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Montepulciano: Vino Nobile Wine Tasting Itinerary

When you find yourself touring the area of Montepulciano, you will have to find time to visit the vineyards and cantinas of some of Tuscany’s oldest winemakers: Vino Nobile. Suggestions from the DiscoverTuscany Team for creating your own wine tasting Itinerary in & around Montepulciano.

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DelCorto Suites - Boutique Hotel in Montepulciano

The boutique hotel in the historical palazzo in Montepulciano offers 5 spacious suites with ensuite bathroom amidst classic furnishings and modern amenities. Air-conditioning, high speed internet and gourmet breakfasts will ensure you rest every night and wake up prepared to start another day exploring the Val d'Orcia and Tuscany.

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Chiusi: A Legend of Gold

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Visiting the Ideal Renaissance city of Pienza

The Renaissance city of Pienza is a must-see destination in the Val d'Orcia. What to see? The beautiful hilltop town in southern Tuscany is small, here is our recommendation on what to see and do while in Pienza.

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