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Things to do in Montepulciano

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
City
“The position on a steep hill and the typical Medieval city plan are illuminated by numerous Renaissance buildings, reason for which a Medieval city like Montepulciano is called the Pearl of the 16th century. This truly unique mix gives Montepulciano a very special atmosphere. According to legend, Montepulciano was founded by the Etruscan King Porsenna of Chiusi. In Roman times it was the seat of a garrison guarding the main roads. Between the 12th and the 15th centuries, because of its richness and its strategic position in control of both the Chiana and the Orcia valleys, Montepulciano was repeatedly attacked by Siena, which the Poliziani faced with the help of Perugia, Orvieto and Florence. From 1390, Montepulciano was a loyal ally of Florence and, until mid-16th century, lived a period of splendour with the most famous architects building luxurious residences, churches and other edifices here. In 1559, when Siena was conquered by Florence, Montepulciano lost its strategic role and its importance declined. After the drying of the Val di Chiana during the 19th century, the town became the most important agricultural centre in the area, while the industrial activities developed in the valley, nearer to the railroad being built in that period. The city is renowned for its walkable, car-almost free nature. The main street stretches for less than two kilometers from the Porta al Prato to the Piazza Grande at the top of the hill and then down again to the panoramic square of San Francesco. Most of the sights, shops, restaurants and wineries are on the main street as well as several talented traditional craftsmen still in activity (goldsmith, coppersmith, inlayer, mosaic maker, pottery painter). At your arrival at Al Poggiolo, you will find a complimentary copy in english of a pocket guidebook on Montepulciano that will help you touring the town. The theatre, built in 1793, hosts a winter season and some of the events of the July international music festival (Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte). Every year in august, a musical performance in verses inspired by popular ancient legends (Bruscello) is staged by the Poliziani in front of the cathedral. And on the last sunday of august, an historical barrel race among the 8 city quarters (Bravio delle Botti) crosses the entire town preceded by a medieval pageant parade. The week before the race, the atmosphere in town changes completely: every day and every night, all quarters organize dinners in the streets, often with music and dances, in which the visitors are welcome.”
  • 156 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The village of Lucignano has two supermarkets : COOP and Conad. There is a bakery “il Forno”, and three butchers. At Monte San Savino there is a cooP supermarket in Via 25 Aprile n.8 and it closed in sunday. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A very popular place for locals. They do 2 sittings per night so it's advisable to book in advance. It had a communal atmosphere and long tables are shared with other guests.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
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“This ancient Liberty-style Cafè-Restaurant, situated in the historical centre of Montepulciano is a perfect place for your relaxation... from its balcony you can admire the magnificent countryside of the Valdichiana Region. Federico Fellini was one of its first renowned visitors...”
  • 11 locals recommend
Trattoria/Osteria
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“Trattoria familiare con piatti della tradizione e bellissimo terrazzo panoramico”
  • 8 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Spettacoli teatrali e musicali. Per informazioni Fondazione Cantiere internazionale D'Arte di Montepulciano”
  • 2 locals recommend
Museum
  • 2 locals recommend
Establishment
“Piazza principale di Montepulciano, luogo carico di arte e storia; circondata da splendidi monumenti: la Cattedrale, il Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo Tarugi, Palazzo Contucci, Palazzo del Capitano ed il Pozzo dei Grifi e dei Leoni. Da non perdere!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Diner
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“Trattoria a conduzione familiare con piatti della tradizione a sue passi da casa”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A pochi passi da Piazza Grande, ottimo locale, intimo e accogliente con cucina casalinga. Da provare a tutti i costi!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Food
“Bellissima posizione, ottima scelta di vini e prodotti locali con taglieri per favolosi aperitivi. Servizio cordiale e professionale”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
“A beautiful wine jazz bar where you can drink a glass of wine until late...”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“colazione in un locale liberty, da non perdere, sembra di tuffarsi in un'altra epoca”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In questo locale potrete trovare oltre ad un'ottima cucina un'ampia selezione di vini in degustazione.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Point of Interest

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“A very popular place for locals. They do 2 sittings per night so it's advisable to book in advance. It had a communal atmosphere and long tables are shared with other guests.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Café
“This ancient Liberty-style Cafè-Restaurant, situated in the historical centre of Montepulciano is a perfect place for your relaxation... from its balcony you can admire the magnificent countryside of the Valdichiana Region. Federico Fellini was one of its first renowned visitors...”
  • 11 locals recommend
Trattoria/Osteria
“Trattoria familiare con piatti della tradizione e bellissimo terrazzo panoramico”
  • 8 locals recommend
Diner
“Trattoria a conduzione familiare con piatti della tradizione a sue passi da casa”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A pochi passi da Piazza Grande, ottimo locale, intimo e accogliente con cucina casalinga. Da provare a tutti i costi!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“A beautiful wine jazz bar where you can drink a glass of wine until late...”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“In questo locale potrete trovare oltre ad un'ottima cucina un'ampia selezione di vini in degustazione.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Un ristorante in pieno centro, caldo e accogliente. Hanno ottimi piatti a base di pesce.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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