Orvieto + Montepulciano
The city of Orvieto
Stands on top of a volcanic tuff cliff and it's an extraordinary example of integration of nature with work of man.
An enjoyflorence tour to this city will be a proper journey through history, this area presenting evidences of various ages within a period of time of almost three-thousand years.
The Gothic cathedral and many other remarkable works of architecture like the well of San Patrizio or the Fortezza dell' Ardornoz will soon attract your attention, presenting the cultural richness of the territory.
Orvieto was an important site during the Etruscan era. Rests of Etruscan art can be seen in the Tempio del Belvedere and the Necropoli. The ingenious Pozzo della Cava well shows the ability of the Etruscan engineers.
The urban centre took shape during the early Middle Ages.By looking at the medieval churches and massive palaces one feels the power and the importance the city has experienced during those centuries.Throughout the sixteen century, frescos, new palaces and churches designed by famous architects like Michele Sammicheli, Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Simone Mosca, Raffaello da Montelupo and Ippolito Scalza helped transform the aspect of the city. In more recent times structures in neoclassic style have been added, giving the city its characteristic multi-style look.
An intricate labyrinth of tunnels, galleries, cisterns, wells, quarries and cellars forms an underground city.
Montepulciano: south Tuscany and rolling hills
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.
The 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.
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.