Montepulciano is located in the centre of the area south of Siena that includes the Val d'Orcia la Valdichiana and the borders the Crete Senesi. Therefore, if you are staying in Montepulciano, you can easily reach the main art cities of Siena, Florence, Cortona, Pienza, Montalcino, San Quirico d'Orcia, Orvieto, Lake Trasimeno, the LIPU oasis of the lake of Montepulciano and the Etruscan tombs of Chiusi.
From the artistic point of view, Montepulciano, known as the Pearl of the 16th century because of the many works left by the great architects of the Renaissance, offers an intense week, during which you will be immersed in its rich and powerful past. The main ruler of Montepulciano was in fact Florence with its rich nobles and Lorenzo the Magnificent, who, in addition to helping the city prosper, also allowed it to flower culturally and took one of our citizens, Agnolo Ambrogini, called “Il Poliziano” as he was born in our charming city, to work at his court.
The Val d'Orcia is a large valley located in Tuscany, in the province of Siena and partly in the Province of Grosseto, north and east of mount Amiata and close to the border with Umbria. It is crossed by the River Orcia in the centre, from which it takes its name, and is characterised by pleasant views of the landscape and many towns with medieval origins, two of note are Pienza and Montalcino. It features the characteristic cypress trees, typical food and wine, Pici, Siena salami, Pecorino from Pienza, Brunello di Montalcino and the new denomination of the DOC Orcia wine.
Cortona was one of the 12 cities of the Etruscan confederation and imposing stretches of its primitive cyclopean walls scarcely modified by medieval walls can still be seen today. Apart from a few Renaissance buildings, the buildings in Cortona are predominantly medieval and contribute to the suggestive atmosphere of the steep, narrow streets.
A few kilometres away, you will find some of the main spa towns such as the Terme di Montepulciano, Chianciano Terme, Bagno Vignoni, Bagni San Filippo, Rapolano Terme and San Casciano dei Bagni.
A visit to Siena is a trip back to medieval times. The magnificent cathedral built in the 13th century contains beautiful marble flooring and stupendous works of art. Stop in Piazza del Campo to admire one of the most beautiful squares in the world, designated as World Heritage by UNESCO and where the gothic town hall, the fountain of Gaia and the Chapel of the Virgin are to be found. Take a walk through the streets of the old town, containing a wealth of magnificent monuments.
Land of harmony. Discovering Chianti means finding new ways of experiencing travel and the landscape, following unusual itineraries and getting to know the small capitals of the Sienese Chianti, such as Radda, Gaiole, Castellina and Castelnuovo Berardenga. Reducing Chianti to simply Chianti wine would be to ignore its complexity, since if anything the common denominator of these lands is the great sense of their rural nature: A noble rural nature. Not because this land is punctuated with titled mansions and feudal manor houses or because today a section of the modern nobility (from show-business, business and the intelligentsia) has chosen to live here, but because the excellence of the products has determined this exclusivity. In the end, the wine is the product of Chianti and not the other way round.
A landscape without secrets that is nevertheless difficult to decipher because it needs careful observation and a great capacity for understanding. A patch that becomes white when all around is green and becomes green when all is grey. A land that appears soft almost velvety but which is, in reality, cracked, split and rough.