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Shopping, Parking & Getting Around

  • Shopping

    Montepulciano is a place where shopping merges into leisure. The winding road from Pienza up to Montepulciano is lined with vendita diretta signs, tempting you to buy pecorino cheese and wine from the producers themselves. There’s no escaping wine, the most popular purchase in town, especially when it’s generally linked to a relaxed tasting in rock-hewn vaulted cellars or in a modish wine bar that doubles as a wine shop. Most of the bigger winemakers can sort shipping for you.

  • La Bottega del Nobile

    This is a stylish wine shop-cum-wine bar where tastings can be accompanied by light snacks, such as crostini, cheeses and cured meats. There’s also a vaulted cellar of a restaurant serving simple, rustic meals matched by local wines.
    Address: Via di Gracciano nel Corso 95/Via delle Cantine 13, 53045 Montepulciano
    Tel: +39 0578 757016
    Web: https://www.labottegadelnobile.com/

  • La Dolce Vita

    This well-restored medieval building is stacked with wines, mostly from Tuscany. Carved out of tufa-stone, the adjoining wine bar doubles as a laidback but stylish bruschetteria, where you can pair particular wines with lights snacks. In summer, the tables spill out onto the street, with a moody view of Montepulciano.
    Address: Via di Voltaia nel Corso 80, 53045 Montepulciano
    Tel: +39 0578 758760
    Web: www.enotecaladolcevita.it

  • Parking & Getting Around

    The twisting road from Pienza upto lofty Montepulciano is visible for miles around, with houses clustered on the hillside. Much like Florence and Siena, Montepulciano operates a ZTL, meaning a Limited Traffic Zoning system. Traffic is essentially banned inside the city walls, but you can park outside San Biagio, from where it’s a short but steep walk into town. Alternatively, park in one of the  car parks at Montepulciano’s eastern end and then walk through Porta al Prato to Piazza Savonarola. The most convenient car park is on the adjoining square, on Piazza Don Minzoni (free in winter only), from where minibuses (€1) weave up the hill to Piazza Grande. If walking, from Piazza Savonarola take the princely Via di Gracciano nel Corso up to the main square. When leaving Montepulciano for Pienza, do not resist the Madonna di San Biagio, perched on a platform below the city walls.

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Beyond the Arno: Oltrarno Walking Tour

Explore the artsy and residential Oltrarno district with this private 2-hour walking tour 'Beyond the Arno.' See the Ponte Vecchio, Santo Spirito Church, and Pitti Palace with your group of up to 10 people (price indicated is per group).

from 154,67 US Dollar

Accademia Gallery and Medici Chapels

A morning tour of the Accademia (Galleria dell'Accademia) and of the Medici Chapels (Cappelle Medicee) where we will see the most important works of Michelangelo in Florence.

Tours last three hours and take place from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm or from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Ticket prices are not included and should ideally be booked in advance, either by the travellers or by me. If you book with me, please allow ample bookung time in busy periods.

from 232,58 US Dollar

Private Cooking Class with a Professional Florentine Chef in his Home Kitchen

Join your host Alessio in the kitchen of his Florence apartment and learn to cook a regional Florentine meal from recipes that he has perfected over the years! Your hands-on cooking lesson will last about two hours and you will prepare three different dishes (such as an antipasto, main of meat or a pasta, and a dessert) from scratch. Enjoy learning about the skills and techniques that Alessio has honed over the years as you cook together, before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about Italian culture and cuisine from a passionate local! If there is a specific Fiorentino dish you'd like to learn, please let Alessio know when making your booking and he'd be happy to teach you how to prepare it.

from 101 US Dollar

Say hello to David with your Guide & Drink Chianti Wine in Tuscany - Wine Tour

Say hello to David with your Guide & Drink Chianti Wine in Tuscany - Wine Tour

  • Informative Florence walking tour inside the Academy and see the David (1 hr)
  • Local Professional Guide
  • After see the David we drive you in the famous Chianti Wine region
WINE TOUR IN THE FAMOUS CHIANTI WINE REGION
  • Visit a Boutique winery in Chianti Wine Region
  • Tasting the famous Chianti Wines 
  • Farm-to-table Italian ingredients
  • Delicious Tuscan Pasta, prosciutto and pecorino cheese and much more explained
  • Visit the underground wine cellars
  • Time to see San Gimignano and climb the tower and taste the famous Gelato world Champion
Kind note: according the availability of the Academy (David) we visit in the morning or in the afternoon

from 279,1 US Dollar
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