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Montepulciano

Montepulciano

Montepulciano - what to see, where to stay in Montepulciano, Tuscany

Montepulciano
Montepulciano with Monticchiello in the foreground




Montepulciano is an archetypal Tuscan hilltop town famous for its wines, Brunello di Montepulciano and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Montepulciano is also extremely attractive in terms of architecture, art and the views of Tuscany to be enjoyed from its hilltop location. The Piazza Grande is situated at the highest point of Montepulciano and is an ideal spot to start your exploration of this charming town.

This is also the location of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the Duomo of Montepulciano, which was constructed between 1594 and 1680, and houses a masterpiece from the Siennese School, a massive Assumption of the Virgin triptych painted by Taddeo di Bartolo in 1401. The pavement is also worth noting for a beautiful engraving in rose marble. The 15 C funerary monument of Bartolomeo Aragazzi, built by Michelozzo between 1427 and 1436, is another important art work in the duomo. It is divided into nine fragments, seven of which are displayed on different walls of the cathedral. Also look for the small 15 C painting by Sano di Pietro dedicated to the Madonna of the Pillar, and the terracotta relief of the Gigli Altar by Andrea Della Robbia (1512).

Montepulciano Duomo - Assumption of the Virgin triptych painted by Taddeo di Bartolo
Montepulciano Duomo – Assumption of the Virgin triptych painted by Taddeo di Bartolo

The Church of San Biagio is located in a flat meadow, where Val d’Orcia borders with Val di Chiana, outside outside the historic centre of Montepulciano. The church was built by Antonio da Sangallo the Elder, beginning in 1518. The church has a Greek cross layout with a central dome and a semicircular apse. There are two bell towers, of which only the one on the left is completed. The church is entirely covered in amber-ocloured travertine slabs inside and out. The interior worth a visit on the grounds of its harmonious architecture alone.

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Montepulciano Church of San Biagio
Montepulciano Church of San Biagio