Montepulciano is green Tuscan hills, Renaissance history, fine wine and wellness spas. A true city of art located on a hill where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Val d'Orcia and Val di Chiana.A fabulous beauty that certainly could not go unnoticed by the great directors. The country has often been the setting for films and advertising, including "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Medici" and the "Twilight" saga, an authentic global phenomenon that spread Montepulciano's reputation far and wide.
You can also feel like you’re in a film walking through the streets of the Renaissance centre, perhaps sipping a glass of the famous Nobile wine.
In Montepulciano art is combined with nature. The architectural and cultural beauties of the historic centre are flanked by those of the Tuscan hills and in particular of the Lake of Montepulciano.
An enclosing wall protects the entire village that winds along a single main road, the Corso, which can be reached through three famous gates: Porta al Prato for the lower part, Porta delle Farine for the upper part and Porta San Donato for Piazza Grande. The latter is a jewel of Renaissance architecture with historic buildings, the fourteenth-century Palazzo Comunale and the Duomo forming its perimeter.
A few metres away, in Via Ricci, is the Museo Civico Pinacoteca Crociani which every year hosts important thematic exhibitions, a meeting point for enthusiasts and scholars from all over Italy.
Outside the walls of the historic centre, on the other hand, there is a hidden masterpiece, the Church of San Biagio, one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture.
Not far from the town is Lake Montepulciano where you can birdwatch, excursions on an electric boat, walking and mountain-biking. There's something for everyone's taste.
IN MONTEPULCIANO YOU WILL NEVER GET BORED
Cultural events, shows and special events adding up to almost 300 a year, will amaze and entertain you. So many opportunities to learn more about the culture of these areas and to give you unforgettable moments.
An example is the Cantiere dell'Arte, created by the German composer Hans Werner Henze which has passed the milestone of 40 editions. For two weeks, professional artists and advanced students or amateurs collaborate with each other to produce performances of all kinds.
Montepulciano is also rock with the Live Rock Festival. Seven days of music with groups from abroad, free shows and good food in the area.
But the real traditional festivals are two: the Bruscello, a melodrama show with deep rural roots, staged by the citizens, and the Bravio, the Palio of Montepulciano, a race pushing 80 kg barrels uphill.
Montepulciano is also a city of wine and water. The Nobile wine, produced on these hills, is famous, as is the thermal water of the Terme di Montepulciano. A perfect combination of flavours and well-being for your holiday.
A spa four kilometres south of San Quirico and is known worldwide for its «water square»
As if the Tuscan hinterland was not enough for your relaxation, in Val di Chiana you will also find the spa of Montepulciano.