One of absolute favorite little places on the earth: Montepulciano, Italy. We first visited about five years ago during a day trip by means of Tuscany, but we just lately returned for a day. And simply as earlier than, it impressed with it’s charming cobblestone streets, lovable outlets, friendly locals and the exact same restaurant we liked years in the past. This time, the weather was beyond good, sunny and warm, blue sky throughout..
The locals are pretty pleasant too, especially the furry-pawed ones….
Around each nook is one thing cute, superior or historic. You might completely spend all day – or a number of days! – exploring Montepulciano, but in case you are on a short schedule, you might easily see the main points of curiosity and even grab a meal in a couple of hours. My advice: plot out 2-4 hours in your visit, depending on how leisurely you want to walk – and how the weather is.
So for those who simply occur to be fortunate sufficient to take a tour via Tuscany, Italy and have the opportunity to go to Montepulciano, I hope that this guide evokes you to do so!…
Inspiration to Visit.
I’ll admit that my very first inspiration to visit Montepulciano was not the regional wine, famous “Pici” pasta or the gorgeous streets and structure. Nope, I discovered about this magical little place from a vampire movie. Twilight: New Moon.
Twilight in Montepulciano.
If you will have watched the notorious Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart lead vampire flicks, you could recall the top scene in New Moon (the second film) where Bella (spoiler alert) seeks out Edward in Italy as he tries to request that the Volturi (head vampires) permit him to die. Bella speeds by means of Tuscany in a stolen sports activities automotive, Alice at the wheel, and she or he costs up the hill by way of the cobblestone streets of Montepulciano to “save” Edward – just in time in fact. She even rushes over a fountain within the city square. The square is actual – the fountain was built for the movie.
And if in case you have seen the movie, you additionally understand how lovely the situation seems on movie. And in person, it impresses as nicely. And I personally love visiting film and Tv places once I journey – something about that have feels additional magical and transformative. Such as GOT places in Iceland and Croatia.
So anyhow, whatever your purpose for passing by means of this beautiful town, when you happen to be in Siena in Southern Tuscany, make a quick stop in Montepulciano, have some lunch and enjoy the beautiful vistas of Tuscany.
Tips for Montepulciano Travel
- Drive! The greatest method to get there’s by automotive. You have a couple of choices. Hire a driver for the day/afternoon, or lease a automotive.
- Time. Plan for 2-3 hours – or more! – when you can. You might easily discover the town in an hour, however you’d be dashing. I feel three hours is an effective chunk of time to have the ability to stroll, eat and discover. But in case you have more time, you would easily spend 4 or more hours exploring, eating, sipping and buying.
- Weather. The greatest seasons to visit Tuscany are spring by way of late October. We went in late November the first time and received hit with some wet weather. It was still lovely, but once we went in mid-October, we had beautiful blue skies and sunshine. A sunny clear day is greatest as a result of then you definitely get nice views of tuscany.
- Wear Walking Shoes – or at the very least something cozy. The city is hilly and plenty of cobblestone. So your ft will recognize some cozy, sturdy footwear. Definitely no heels women!!
- Wear Layers. the climate in Tuscany can change right away, or a minimum of that’s what I’ve observed in the fall season. Dressing in mild layers seems to be an ideal concept. I really like a nice scarf and lightweight sweater or coat.
…The principal Piazza has a couple of buildings it would be best to explore. Like the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral, with it’s famous unfinished facade… Construction started on this building in the late 1500’s!
Here are my favorite issues to do..
5 issues to do in Montepulciano, Italy
- Stroll during.
Since Montepulciano solely permits a couple of native automobiles and delivery automobiles by way of the town, you will have to discover on foot. If you’ve got a driver for the day, he/she is going to drop you off at one of many entrances. If you’re driving, there’s parking as properly. you then principally do a superb amount of walking.
Note: You will probably be strolling up or down hill relying on which path you’re coming from. If your driver is sensible, they’ll drop you off on the top finish, inform you to stroll by means of in the direction of the top – and decide you up on the bottom. Otherwise chances are you’ll find yourself strolling upwards to the ‘top’ then again down once more to the same spot. I personally don’t thoughts the hills in any respect – the totally work up an appetite, but in case you are touring with anyone sensitive to inclines – it must be one thing to make observe of. So yeah, stroll by means of the town – it’s beautiful at each turn!
- Visit the Main Square, aka Piazza Grande.
The most important sq. buildings have been constructed from round 1570 and “finished” in 1680. I exploit quotes, because the church has an unfinished facade, as does the clock tower.
The Piazza sits on the highest level within the town. Thus the steep inclines if you find yourself walking up in the direction of it. Piazza Grande is the place the Twilight film was principally filmed – you realize – the place Edward steps out into the sunlight and sparkles.
The important towered building – with the clock/bell tower – can also be referred to as the Terrazza Del Palazzo Comunale. If you’ve gotten time, you possibly can even go to the highest tower for gorgeous 360 degree views of the Tuscan countryside. Next time I am undoubtedly doing that! We haven’t had Also in the primary sq. – aka Piazza Grande – is the Santa Maria Assunta Cathedral, or the Duomo of Montepulciano.
- Go Wine Tasting.
One cool thing about Montepulciano is that situated right off the Piazza is Contucci Winery. You can go to the picket barrels the place the wine is aging – stroll by way of all on your own – and at the finish of the tunnel, do a wine tasting. You may even have some wine shipped house when you’d like. Contucci vineyard.
- Eat Lunch at Osteria del Borgo.
Both occasions we visited we ate right here and liked it. The first time it was a wet day so we ate inside, within the cozy dining room. I have vegan porcini risotto and a aspect of white beans – so good they inspired this recipe right here. The second visit, we ate outdoors on the beautiful back patio. I had the Ribolitta soup – a blend of veggies and legumes with toasted bread – so good! And one other aspect of beans. I’m positive there are various great restaurants in town, however that is our fave! And the costs are loopy affordable. Like most of Italy. Osteria del Borgo website.
- Take within the View!
There are several spots to absorb a stunning view of Tuscany. But my favourite is inside the clock tower. You walk via the primary entrance and once you reach the elevator, make a right and stroll by way of this tiny outside area, then to a back parking zone. The view on the left if beautiful! And there’s never anybody back there so you’ll be able to take loads of photographs undisturbed.
- Take footage!
Last one, take loads of photographs – this place is crazy-photogenic…. Here are a couple of more of mine..
So that’s it! One of my fave spots in Italy. I’ll undoubtedly be back and hope you possibly can sometime get a chance to explore it too!
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