Montepulciano: south Tuscany and rolling hills
A nice day tour in Tuscany to combine with Siena, Montalcino or Orvieto for a visit of the south of Tuscany
You might have already heard about this splendid city for its renowned wine, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, acknowledged as one of the best Italian wines by many connoisseurs. Located on a hill in the Val di Chiana, Montepulciano is one of the most attractive towns in Tuscany.
The name of the city derives from Latin "Mons" and "Publicianus" ("Mount of Publicianus").
In the ancient Etruscan time the city was called Nocera Alfaterna, whereas today it presents a medieval and Renaissance appearance.
he Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo Tarugi, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and many other luxurious residences and churches are the legacy of a period of splendour that the city lived in the mid-16th century.
Ippolito Scalza and other distinguished architects and artists from the same period have left in this town signs of their genius. Furthermore, The town is encircled by walls and fortifications designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Elder in 1511 for Cosimo I.
If you happen to take an enjoyflorence tour to Montepulciano< during the summer, you might want to check out a few interesting events going on here every year. For instance, on the 14th, 15th and 16th of August you might attend a festival called the Bruscello, when hordes of actors reenact scenes from the town's turbulent history.
On the last Sunday in August ther is the Bravio delle Botti. A parade through the streets followed by a barrel race and a banquet to end the day.
Part of the film New Moon from the Twilight saga (which is set in Volterra) has been filmed in Montepulciano.