Title: Montepulciano - Heart of Tuscany
Category: Destinations We Visit on Our Chianti Vacations
Author: Daniele Pintaudi Updated: Jan 31, 2019 Views: 4,617
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Montepulciano - Heart of Tuscany

Home of Tuscany's ancient "Nobile Wine": Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Montepulciano is a beautiful medieval and Renaissance hill town in southern Tuscany, but it is most famous as the home of Vino Nobile, one of Italy's most coveted wines. Besides the wonderful wine, Montepulciano is a stunning town, filled with interesting shops and beautiful scenery. It is a must-stop location for anyone visiting the southern Tuscany wine towns along the Orcia Valley Wine Trail, which is the part of Tuscany where most images we have of the region originate.

Vino Nobile

For those seeking wine tasting, Montepulciano will never disappoint. The streets are lined with wine shops (Enoteca), all offering tastings. Many of these shops have wine cellars below that they will happily show you. The most striking and awe-inspiring of these cellars is one that very few visitors ever discover, as it is difficult to find. It sits underneath the Ricci Palace, just off of the Piazza Grande, and is the town's original wine cellar from the 14th century. It is, quite literally, the birthplace of Vino Nobile.

What to See

The 'Piazza Grande' is an incredible sight, especially for those that know Florence. You will find that it looks like a miniature version of Piazza della Sigoria. Here you will find the city hall and the duomo. Followers of the 'Twilight' Saga will recognize this piazza instantly from the movie New Moon.

Just outside of town, you will find the unmistakable 'San Biagio' church, and simply walking around Montepulciano is a sight in and of itself.

Getting There

This is a destination on almost all of our tours. When we visit Montepulciano, we are granted a private tour and tasting of the Vino Nobile cellar noted above (and pictured here), and we stroll the town.

If you are not coming on one of our tours, you will find Montepulciano about 20 minutes off the A1 Autostrada. If coming from south, you will take the Chiusi exit and follow the signs. If coming from the north, take the Montepulciano exit.

Need to Know

For those with trouble walking, keep in mind that you cannot avoid hills and cobblestone streets here.

For our tour guests with trouble walking, if they feel that it will be too much for them, they have the option to be taken to our meeting point. There they can visit the San Biagio Church and relax in a cafe. They will, however, miss the Vino Nobile tasting. Unfortunately, walking uphill cannot be avoided as vehicle traffic is highly restricted here.

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