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Beautiful Villas Near Montepulciano, Tuscany Montepulciano

Montepulciano

Cities and Towns in Tuscany

The town of Montepulciano is located in the region of Tuscany.  A beautiful hill-top town in the Val D'Orcia region (South Eastern Tuscany), the town is encircled by walls and fortifications  designed and built starting 1511 AD by Antonio da Sangallo on the orders of the great Florentine, Cosmo de' Mecici I and the town had an important role in the history of the region of Tuscany and of Florence.  We have put together a brief synopsis of the history of the town below, however what makes the town such a wonderful town to visit during your stay in Italy is that the town itself is an impressive architectural masterpiece.
 
Cascading down a limestone ridge whose highest point is over 600 meters (1950 feet) above sea level, it seems when you come here that it should never have existed in the first place.  The long and winding main street of Montepulciano extends from the Porta al Prato for 11.5 km to the Piazza Grande, and will take the traveler through the old medieval districts of  one of the most pleasant and satisfying of all Tuscan cities.
 
Montepulciano is, of course, famous for its wines, particularly the Vino Nobile, a mellow red wine that evokes the scent of flowers and is shot through with a kind of iridescent orange color.  There are many less agreeable things to do than sit in one of the city's many cafes or restaurants to imbibe a glass (or two!) or purchase a bottle (or two!) at a local shop, which you can consume later during a lazy  Tuscan picnic.
 
The Piazza, fronted by most of the city's most notable buildings, including the  Palazzo Comunale and the Duomo, perches at the utmost top of the hill, where Poliziani (the name the citizens give to themselves) mingle with visitors from nearby and far away.
 
The Duomo, with its plain, almost unfinished facade, was designed and built by Ippolito Scalza in 1630.  The most important work of art in the interior is a triptych done in 1401 by Bartolo, the "Assumption of the Virgin".
 
The Palazzo Comunale, a seemingly smaller version of Palazzo Vecchio, was built originally in the Gothic style, but the tower and facade were added in the 15th Century by Michelozzo.  Visitors are welcome to climb the tower where breathtaking views over the city and across the Tuscan countryside can be absorbed.  Next to the town hall is the Palazzo Tarugi, built in the 16th century.
 
Close by is the Chiesa (Church ) of Sant'Agostino, built in 1427 with a mix of Gothic and Renaissance elements by the architect, Michelozzo.  Note the elaborately carved portal.  The Palazzo Bucelli (1648), also close by,  has a lower facade into which are integrated Etruscan bas relief and funerary urns.
 
The Church of Jesus was built with a quasi circular plan by the Jesuit architect, Fra Andrea Pozzo.  Pozzo also worked on various other buildings in Montepulciano including the Palazzo Contucci (see above).
 
Sangallo the Elder also built the Temple of Madonna di San Biaglio, flanked by two campanile (bell towers) outside the city gates. It is also a Renaissance building built with butter- colored Travertine marble.  Sangallo started it in 1518, and remained pre-occupied with it until his death in 1534 and it is rightly recognized as his masterpiece. The design influence or inspired the architects of many of the palazzi in Montepulciano such as Palazzi Avignose, Cocconi, Cervini, Ganoni-Grugni, Contucci and Tarug (see above).
 
Also outside the walls and worth a peek are Chiesa Santa Chiara and Chiera Santa Maria, both done in the Baroque style.
 
Montepulciano is also the scene of a few enlivening annual festivals.  Arrive in late July-early August for the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte arts festival founded by the German composer Hans Werner Henze.   Re-enactments of Montepulciano's turbulent history take place at the Brucello festival in mid August, and there is a parade, barrel race and banquet at the end of August, the Bravio dell Botti.
 
Montepulciano is a wonderful destination to visit all year round.  There are wonderful accommodations to be had both in the town and in the countryside where we offer some lavish villas, quaint apartments and of course we have many wine tours in the area!
 
For more information about Montepulciano, the region of Tuscany. or how we can help you during your time here in Italy or the Mediterranean, don't hesitate to contact the experts at team@italyvacationspecialists.com or toll free on our numbers listed below. 
 
By Jesse Andrews, 2016

 

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Pienza, Montepulciano and Tuscany's beautiful Orcia valley

The Orcia Valle or Val D`Orcia located in South Eastern Tuscany is an area of Tuscany very infrequently visited by tourists, although it is one of Italy`s most beautiful landscapes to behold and we highly recommend if you have the time that you discover this area for it is a landscape un-like any other with a rich cultural and gastronomic heritage.

 

Bella Toscana

This small group tour of Tuscany, which departs from Rome offers guests incredible sights in Italy's central regions and the art capital of Florence. On this tour we enjoy the Chianti Hamlets, the glories of Southern Tuscany and even some of the towns which border Tuscany's border in the region of Umbria.

 

Cooking Amidst the Olive Groves in Tuscany

This tour is a private tour and run for small groups of friends and families on an Etruscan estate called the 'Etrusco Estate', which is a privately owned organic farm near Montepulciano, located halfway between Florence and Rome. The owner of the estate, Pamela is the author of several cookbooks and her husband Johnny Johns is an artist. Together, they run this organic farm that spans 15 acres where they produce exceptional organic extra-virgin olive oil, wine and organic vegetables.