Before hitting the road for Rome, the family and I decided to swing by the steep Tuscan town of Montepulciano for some exploring and lunch. ‘Monte’ in Italian means Mountain and many (and I mean MANY) of the villages/towns in Tuscany begin with the word ‘Monte’… Montalcino, Montefollonico to name a few. Well Montepulciano holds to its namesake by being the one of the steepest of the Tuscan towns we visited. You will feel the burn climbing to the main square of this town but it is so worth it. Adorable restaurants and shops are scattered throughout the main street and side alleys all the way to the top of the town if you need to stop and rest a bit. 😉 Aside from its proximity to the famous city of Siena, Montepulciano is know for its medieval buildings, views and churches. In recent years it has gained in popularity due to it being the filming location of the Volterra scene in Twilight’s New Moon Movie. I would be lying if I did not go back and watch those scenes to see if I recognized the background.
To recap, we started our 3rd leg of our Italy vacation at Vignamaggio Estate and Winery which had the most breathtaking rolling hill views I have ever seen. Then, we headed to our home base of Montefollonico where we felt like locals and stayed in a medieval fortress tower. One day trip was a half day in the beautiful town of Montalcino with a short visit to the luxurious Rosewood’s Castiglion del Bosco for a private tour.
We parked at the bottom of the town in the public parking area; we did not see may cars going up and down the narrow/steep streets other than locals or tour shuttles/vans. The bottom perimeter of the town has a beautiful fortress wall and charming old row buildings with stone ivy covered walls that made the climb even that much more enjoyable.
My Mother and I seemed to stop in every shop. Here they had some amazing artisans including a man who made textured paintings out of wood chips, cooper welders with some beautiful items I needed for my kitchen and art galleries galore full of high class paintings, sculptures and ceramics. On the way up we visited countless small churches with ordinate paintings and chandeliers and side alleys that lead out to overlooks with memorizing views. Finding these looks out spots felts like a treasure hunt for me, as many were not marked. They felt like little gems all to ourselves!
Finally we made it to the top of the town and where the main square, Piazza Grande was located and where many tour groups were based. This town seemed more crowded than the other places we visited in the Tuscan Countryside but still enjoyable to be in.
Here are a few suggestions on things to do during your visit to the beautiful town of Montepulciano:
San Biagio Church
Museum of Torture
Cathedral Saint Mary of the Assumption
Torre di Pulcinella
Wineries Wineries Wineries!
Visit all the cute shops you can. Buy something copper, ceramic and some beautiful art!
Enjoy some photos of our trip below!
Wanting more Italy? Check out some of our time in Venice – here (more coming soon), visit to the islands of Burano – here and Murano – here, Climbing Florence’s Duomo- here, Tuscany’s Vignamaggio Winery- here, Tuscany’s Montefollonico, Tuscany’s Montalcino, Rosewood’s Castiglion del Bosco, Tour of the Vatican with Walks of Italy – here, Food Tour in Trastevere Rome With Eating Europe- here, the best way to see the Colosseum in Rome – here, Roaming the hidden gem of Aqueduct Park in Rome – here, a quick trip to the island of Capri- here; a Rainy Day in Positano – here , Exploring the Lost City of Pompeii – here, Sunsets at Ponte Vecchio- here, Our relaxing time in Sorrento- here , How to Conquer Venice’s St. Mark’s Square and Visiting The David at Galleria dell Academia.