Piazza Grande: At the highest part of Montepulciano, you can find its main square, known as Piazza Grande. One of the most beautiful and iconic place of Tuscany, where even a few international movies were shot (Twilight – New Moon). The great similarity of the Town Hall to Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, along with the water well that portraits the Montepulciano’s logo, the Griffin, with the Florence’s one, the Lions, enhance further the historical bond between the two cities.
Fortress: Build in 1261, this building expresses the intertwining between history and present. Throughout history it was used differently according to the specific needs: from hosting the military, up until the 16th century, to the present day, where it hosts artistic exhibitions, conferences and cultural activities both for tourists, students and locals. Here you can also find the wine shop of the Consorzio del Vino Nobile.
San Biagio: Situated just outside of Montepulciano, this is one of the most recognized church of the area. Built in the 1518, by Antonio da Sangallo Il Vecchio. The main characteristics are the Greek cross’s shape and its impressive size, which makes it distinguishable from the far distance.
Museo Civico Piancoteca Crociani: The only museum of Montepulciano: here you can find a vast collection of Etruscans tools, Della Robbia’s terracotta ceramics and a Caravaggio’s painting.
Bravio delle Botti: In case you are planning to come to Montepulciano around the last sunday of August, do not miss out on the Bravio delle Botti. This is an historical re-enactment of the challenge between the eight Contradas of the town. It consists in having each Contrada’s team to “push” and to roll a barrel from the bottom of the town all the way to Piazza Grande throughout a prescribed route. The one who gets at the top first wins the race and receives the Bravio. Throughout the entire prior week, you have the opportunity to see and to discover different fascinating events such as the Gonfaloniere’s proclaim, the Candles Parade, which anticipates the race. Furthermore, every night of the week each Contrada remains open and welcomes everybody to come, serving traditional food and playing music in a cheerful climate.
Besides Montepulciano you will have the opportunity to visit similar historical town in the surroundings: Pienza, Chianciano Terme, Cortona and San Quirico.