( 1h40min – 132km )
In one day you can visit, along with the nearby Pienza, the beautiful and lively town of Montepulciano.
Its uniqueness is the main central street that follows the ridge for a kilometer and a half along which overlook the most valuable buildings, which form an architectural gallery of high level. At the end of this path is Piazza Grande, the city center (where you will find the town hall with its tower from which you can admire a beautiful panorama). Through the streets and alleys you can taste the local wine, Nobile di Montepulciano, or run into the barrel race through the (race among the eight city districts that is a painted cloth by rolling the barrels of 80 kg each, driven by two “pushers”, along an uphill path of over a kilometer), which runs from 1974.
In the lower part of the city, outside the walls, we find the Medici Fortress and the Church of San’Agnese; in the historic center: the fourteenth-century Porta di Gracciano, Bucelli Palace, the Tower of Pulcinella (approximately XVI sec.) with the characteristic form that strikes the hours, and the beautiful church of S. Agostino. Continuing to rise we find the Loggia del Grano (or market) and the Church of Jesus, the beautiful Baroque work of Italian by Andrea Pozzo.
It follows a straight stretch until you reach Via del Poliziano with the fourteenth-century home of the Poet, followed by some buildings of the seventeenth century. Immediately after the church of Santa Maria dei Servi there are two ways: by going left it turns out, at the bottom, the magnificent Temple of S. Biagio; the right road runs along the fortress and salt to the Piazza Grande, the center of the city.
The town also boasts a variety of artistic genres in the Civic Museum of Montepulciano: from Etruscan tombs of the VI-V century BC and Roman finds, to the gallery of Primicerius Francesca Crociani. In addition, the Municipal Library contains an ancient collection of 12,000 volumes and a contemporary of about 18,000.