Even if you haven't heard of the specific town of Montepulciano, you've probably heard of the world's jewel that is Tuscany. Renowned for its rolling hills, history and incredible wine, Tuscany in general (and Montepulciano in particular) is more than well-worth a visit. Montepulciano, with its renaissance palaces and medieval buildings, is definitely a must-see if you want to get a taste of Tuscan culture and wine. Here are 10 specific reasons to visit Montepulciano:
1. The Bravio delle Botti
This unique festival features a competition where teams roll heavy wine barrels uphill for a kilometer. In addition, many attendants dress up in medieval clothing and the whole town is decked-out in gorgeous flags and banners.
2. Agriturismo Le Caggiole
This is a B&B hotel located in the outskirts of Montepulciano. The great thing is that not only will they feed you a delicious breakfast, you'll also get to learn how to cook Tuscan food in special classes!
3. The City Walls
To enter the city, you must pass through its ancient medieval walls. If you've never visited a medieval town before (and perhaps even if you have), we're sure you'll find this to be a unique experience.
4. The Medieval Atmosphere
The whole town was built in the medieval era and looks it to. Ready to walk into a fairy tale?
5. The Palazzo del Comune
The Palazzo del Comune is a gorgeous medieval tower where you'll get a great view of the city and beyond.
6. The Church of San Biagio
This church is full of well-preserved examples of renaissance art.
7. Nobile di Montepulciano Vineyards
Visit the vineyards were one of the best wines in the world is made!
8. Thermal Waters
Like hot springs and spa treatments? Montepulciano has had you covered since the Roman era.
9. The Food
Tuscan food is famous world-wide, so why not try some authentic food yourself? A T-Bone Steak perhaps?
Enjoy folklore and theater? The Bruscello is for you!