Montepulciano is a medieval town situated on a hill-top between the Val d’Orcia – a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004 – and the Val di Chiana. Part of the original Etruscan lands, this area of Tuscany has a long historical memory made of ancient spas and hot springs, medieval pilgrims ways, renaissance towns, and a finger-licking cuisine based on the local agricultural produce and accompanied by some of Italy’s best wines, such as the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
There are innumerable sights to see and places to visit, starting with Montepulciano itself, its windy roads and historical buildings. Every year at the end of August, you can witness the traditional Bravio delle Botti . Attesting to the long wine-making history of these Tuscan hills, it is a magnificent pageant with teams competing to roll huge wine barrels up the streets of the town.
As you roam through these splendid renaissance landscapes, on foot, by bicycle, car or motorbike, you will encounter famous towns: such as Pienza, home to Palazzo Piccolomini, and a prime example of renaissance town planning, or Siena and its well-known Palio.
But what we would really like is to help you discover the real Tuscany, the unknown one, with all its magic still intact. So rather than sending you to the overly known cities, we will tell you about the little towns and villages, places so out of this world many of them do not even have a website.
We’d like you to visit Monticchiello, a small medieval town, still surrounded by its medieval walls, where in summer the inhabitants organize their own ‘home-made’ theatre festival. Or we’ll send you to Bagno Vignoni, with its main piazza made up of a huge stone hot spring bath and its surrounding hills dotted with natural spas. Or we will send you up the forest paths of Bagni San Filippo, to discover the stunning Fosso Bianco waterfall …
We have lived here for more than 20 years and nothing makes our day as finding the right activities and sights for you, our guests. Come and ask us! We will be delighted to help you discover this amazing Tuscany.