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Italy > Tuscany > Montepulciano

Montepulciano

N 43°5.564', E 11°46.859'
2021-09-29
Our rating: 6.20
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Montepulciano is the main town in the vicinity of the most beautiful part of the province of Tuscany, the Val d'Orcia Valley. Almost every beautiful picture of Tuscany you have seen is within 15-20 kilometers.

We, however, chose to stay near Pienza, it is more convenient.

The city is ancient, it was founded by the Etruscans, according to the legend it was Etruscan king Porsena, famous due to the war with Rome in 507-508 BC. Since the middle of the XVI century the city was not of major strategic importance, but a fortress wall was built and is still exists today.

Montepulciano map
Montepulciano map ©@

As in other towns, the main attraction here is the central square of Piazza Grande.

Montepulciano
Montepulciano ©Yuriy Buriak


Palazzo Nobili-Tarugi
Palazzo Nobili-Tarugi ©Yuriy Buriak

The main building here is the town hall Palazzo Comunale. Its design is traditional for Tuscan cities, similar town hall you can find in Florence.

Montepulciano
Montepulciano ©Yuriy Buriak

Nearby stands the city's cathedral.

Montepulciano
Montepulciano ©Yuriy Buriak

In the previous photo you can clearly see how the square is sloped, this is done to ensure water runoff and avoid floods.

I liked the well of the Griffins and Lions (Pozzo dei Grifi e Leoni) the most, just because it stands out from the overall architectural ensemble. The lions symbolize Florence and the griffins symbolize Montepulciano.

Montepulciano
Montepulciano ©Yuriy Buriak

In addition to the central square, the town has many beautiful streets and even a park. Literally every building has a beautiful courtyard, museum, or wine cellar, so pay attention.

Montepulciano
Montepulciano ©Yuriy Buriak


Montepulciano
Montepulciano ©Yuriy Buriak


Montepulciano
Montepulciano ©Yuriy Buriak


Montepulciano
Montepulciano ©Yuriy Buriak

The park is laid out near the Medici Fortress (Fortezza Medicea), which has been destroyed and rebuilt several times and is a reminder of the long struggle between Siena and Florence.

Montepulciano
Montepulciano ©Yuriy Buriak


Montepulciano
Montepulciano ©Yuriy Buriak


Montepulciano
Montepulciano ©Yuriy Buriak

Montepulciano has hosted a number of famous films, the standout of which is the blockbuster The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009). By the way, there is no fountain in the central square, it was put up for the movie.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon
The Twilight Saga: New Moon ©@


The Twilight Saga: New Moon
The Twilight Saga: New Moon ©@

Getting there: we parked here 43.089707, 11.779748. You can take the bus from Siena (75 minutes, 4/day, Monday - Saturday), Pienza (30 minutes, 8/day), Montalcino (60 minutes, 10/day, change at Torrenien) and Chiusi (hourly).
Tags, Italy: historic town

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