Montepulciano

The walled city of Montepulciano located in Tuscany is a site to see that will stay with you for a lifetime. It’s legendary fine wines called Vino Nobile, Renaissance architecture, cuisine, art, and people are a spotlight on what’s so great about the Tuscany region.  It’s actually built on sloping limestone and is home to some famous places. 

Montepulciano old town view

Montepulciano old town view

You’ll be able to see their Clock Tower, the town hall called the Plazzo Comunale a real bona fide Gothic style structure from the 1400s.  It’s got a tower that affords panoramic views of the region.  Of course the city walls are a sight to see.  It’s like something from a fairy tale story.  You can go there and see the Taddeo di Bartolo’s Assumption of the Virgin that was painted around 1401.  It’s located in the cathedral there.  Also there’s the Madonna di San Biagio Church  with it’s Renaissance design the masterpiece of of Sangallo built int eh early 1500s.

You’ve got cozy places to stay from hotels to bed and breakfasts to even farm houses.  You’ll need these places to rest your head as there are plenty of festivals and ceremonies to take part in and you’ll be of course eating and drinking to your heart’s content.

The time for the festivities is during the Summer in the months of July and August and the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte is the place to see and be at.  Actually it was created by German composer Hans Werner Henze.  You’ll see lots of artists, musicians and great food and drink during this festival.

Montepulciano, Piazza Grande

Montepulciano, Piazza Grande

Some other places to visit are Sant’Agostino church built in the early 1400s by Michelozzo.  The finely sculpted entrance has a the virgin and child with both St. John and St. Augustine on either side.  There’s the Palazzo Tarugi built in the 1500s, and much more.

Transportation around the area is standard with buses, cars, taxis, so double check on how to arrive and how far in advance you’ll need to secure the kind of transportation you want. (photos:Mac9,Tm)