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Montepulciano for smooth Tuscan living

  • Montepulciano for smooth Tuscan living

    Gorgeous Montepulciano is only a 45-minute (48 km) drive south from Castelnuovo. There is a loftiness about Montepulciano that makes itself felt in the noble palaces and equally noble wine. Even the citizens consider themselves superior, somehow above the fray. But ultimately Montepulciano is a smooth operator, delivering the true Tuscan lifestyle. Begin with a coffee in Caffè Poliziano, a lovingly restored Art Nouveau café which feels like a great Mitteleuropean café that wouldn’t be out of place in Vienna.

    Begin your explorations with the historical splendour of the Piazza Grande, Montepulciano’s showy stage set. The tower of the Palazzo Comunale, modelled on that of Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio, surveys the Val d’Orcia, Monte Amiata and Siena, with further vistas across to Lake Trasimeno in Umbria. Il Corso, Montepulciano’s main street, is dignified and reserved, much like Montepulciano itself. En route are snapshots of history, from solemn Renaissance mansions to recycled Etruscan artefacts, and the ancestral cellars of local wine families.

    There’s no escaping wine, the most popular purchase in town, especially when linked to a relaxed tasting in rock-hewn vaulted cellars or in a modish wine bar that doubles as a wine shop. Do a wine-tasting of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano in Contucci Cantine, possibly with a member of the family who has been making wine here since Renaissance times. Montepulciano is about both wine and heritage but this wine dynasty combines both from its ancestral stronghold on the main square.

    Don’t leave Montepulciano without admiring its star Renaissance church. Tempio di San Biagio stands below the city walls, at the end of a long line of cypresses, and is the Renaissance church most at ease with its setting. This domed masterpiece was designed by Antonio Sangallo in 1518. If food is on your mind, consider a hearty lunch in L’Osteria del Conte, a friendly inn known for its Tuscan home-cooking. See our Montepulciano guide for full recommendations of attractions and restaurants.

    Address: L’Osteria del Conte,
    via di San Donato 19,

    Tel: 0578 756062
    Web: www.osteriadelconte.it

Experience an official tuscany tour with

Accademia Entrance Ticket and Self Guided Tour

Booking Accademia ticket with Audio Guide guarantees you will get to enter the museum without much hassle and waiting (though stills passing through the security check). You’ll get to see the famous Statue of David as well as many other masterpieces. In fact, you’ll get to do that with an incredibly savvy and unobtrusive guide.

from €27.50

Private Tour Florence In A Day - David and Duomo Only

Enjoy a private walking tour in Florence to see two of the major sites:
David and the Duomo efficiently. 
Pre-reserved tickets are included to climb the famous
Brunelleschi's dome of the Duomo.
Visit the Accademia Galleries to see and understand
Michelangelo's masterpiece David.
Avoid the long lines to enjoy these masterpieces with a professional local guide.
Make your visit in Florence memorable and interesting, combining local history, facts and snippets with the unforgettable details of the city.
Pre-reserved admission tickets are included so this private tour to see David and savor the Duomo is the best investment you can make.

from €122.62

Sensory Wine Tour and tasting in Siena

Have an authentic wine experience in Siena. Learn all about wine-making in Tuscany. Make a tour of a famous estate's vineyards. just 3kms away from the medieval centre of Siena

from €37.82

Florence Accademia Gallery and David Skip-the-Line Guided Tour with Hotel Pickup

Enjoy the Accademia Gallery in Florence, avoiding the queues with reserved tickets, on this two hour private tour. There is a choice of a morning or afternoon tour, depending on your preference.
The tour is led by an expert private guide, and you will view one of Michelangelo’s most famous works; “David”, and listen to your guide talk about the history and significance of this impressive statue.
Your guide will collect you from your centrally-located hotel and escort you directly to the Accademia, one of Florence’s best museums. With reserved tickets you’ll avoid the lengthy queues and begin the tour immediately.

from €67.61