Montepulciano, Italy 360° Travel Guide  Map View

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Piazetta & Panorama Ancient City gate Inside City Walls Chiesa di Santa Maria
Piazetta & Panorama Ancient City Gate Inside City Walls Chiesa di Santa Maria

Etruscan in origin most of Montepulciano's historic centre visible today owes its existence to the period of Siennese and Florentine rule in the 15th and 16th centuries. Christened the "noble town" by Cosimo the first, the name continues in its most famous product the Nobile wines. Modern Montepulciano spreads down from its medieval centre, however there are parking areas not too far from its ancient city fortifications, designed in 1511 for Cosimo the 1st. With its elevated position you can have great views of the surrounding area from anywhere near the walls which were designed (like many of Montepulciano's grandest buildings) by Antonio da Sangallo, in 1511.

Chiesa di Santa Maria Fortezza Medicea Panoramic Fiorenzula
Chiesa di Santa Maria Fortezza Medicea Panoramic Fiorenzula

The gothic 14th century Chiesa di Santa Maria della Grazie is a short distance across the town below the Fortezza. The Fortezza Medicea; is a somewhat stylised recreation from the late 19th century on the site of a fort which was rebuilt many times as rule switched between Siena and Florence.

Via del Teatre Palazzo Contucci Piazza Grande Duomo
Via del Teatre Palazzo Contucci Piazza Grande Duomo

Heading into the historic centre of Montepulciano there is a climb up Via del Teatre until you reach Piazza Grande with the Palazzo Contucci across the square and the Well of the Griffins and Lions in front. On another side of the piazza is the Palazzo Comunale in the style of (if smaller) Florence's Palazzo Vecchio. The final element is Montepulciano's Duomo (Cathedral)of Santa Maria Assunta built between 1594 and 1680.

Piazza S.Francesco Torre di Pulcinella Piazza Savonarola
Piazza S. Francesco Torre di Pulcinella Piazza Savonarola

Heading north Piazza S. Francesco is another place with stunning views of the countryside around Montepulciano as you proceed towards the 15th century Chiesa di Sant'Agostino and across the Torre di Pulcinellai (1524) with on its top an automaton striking the hours. In Piazza Savonarola you will find the Marzocco Column.