Perched on top of a hill in the south of Tuscany, not far from Siena, Montepulciano is a medieval town of rare beauty that is definitely worth a visit! A unique village with elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, beautiful squares and small hidden corners. From Montepulciano you enjoy a fabulous and endless views over the Val d'Orcia and Val di Chiana. Piazza Grande is the heart of the country and the stage of the main events of the city, including the Bravio of the Barrels, which is held every year in August, and much more. A walk through the streets of Montepulciano is the best way to discover the city and its attractions and at the same time to admire the stunning view of the surrounding countryside all those fabulous covered with vineyards that produce the famous Nobile di Montepulciano and Rosso di Montepulciano.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is among the most ancient known or one of those wines which in the past were tied to their land and still identify them. Produced in the town of Montepulciano, which has nothing in common with the red grape of the same name present in other regions of Italy and in particular in the Abruzzi, Vino Nobile is achieved mainly with the Blackthorn Gentile, the name used to identify the Sangiovese in Montepulciano Grosso. The Blackthorn Gentile - despite being present in an amount prevalent, often used alone - is not the only grape used for the production of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, which often joins Black Canaiolo, Colorino and Bashful. According to the product specification, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano has to mature for at least 24 months, the majority of which in casks or barrels, 36 months for the reserve. The wine of Montepulciano is mentioned for the first time in 789 in a document written by the cleric Arnipert with whom donated a vineyard castle Policiano the church of San Silvestro in Lanciniano. The wine of Montepulciano will henceforth be cited in other documents but it will be only in 1549 that will be discussed in a commendable way of this wine. In that year Sante Lancerio - bottler of Pope Paul III - called it truly perfect wine, gentlemen. The wine of Montepulciano, over the years, even receiving the title of "King" in the dithyramb "Bacchus in Tuscany", written in 1685 by Francesco Redi - physician, naturalist and writer from Arezzo - where in the final verse reads "Montepulciano - each wine is king". The adjective is noble for the first time in 1787, where an expense of the Governor of the Royal Retreat of St. Jerome - Giovan Filippo Blacks - refers to this wine with the word noble.
Pienza is a rare example of Renaissance town planning to completion. Defined from time to time the ' ideal city ' , the ' utopian city ' , it is now certainly one of the ways through which building in the Renaissance it was attempted to create a model of life and government ' ideal ' on the ground , making an ' idea of a city that was able to give concrete answers to the desire of civil society peaceful and industrious men '. It was " the utopia of civitas " vainly cherished by people.
Its location at the heart of the Val d'Orcia, a valley in the beautiful and unspoilt landscape point of view, it makes the town perfectly still able to document the basic interest which the humanistic architecture poses in the relationship between man and nature, even in reference to the importance that this relationship was during the classical age.
Today Pienza is part of a territorial system called "Park Artistic, Natural and Cultural Park of Val d' Orcia" which aims to maintain the extraordinary artistic heritage of the five municipalities that are part of Castiglion d'Orcia, Montalcino, Pienza, Radicofani and San Quirico d'Orcia.
The center of Pienza was completely redesigned by Pope Pius II in the Renaissance. He planned to transform his birthplace into an ideal city of the Renaissance. The architect Bernardo Rossellini had commissioned to build a Duomo, papal palace and town hall; the work was completed in three years (1459-1462).
Prices per hour (not per person) from Siena
1/2 pax 45 €
3 pax 50 €
4 pax 55 €
5/6 pax 60 €
7/8 pax 65 €
from Florence 30 € extra
from Livorno 65 € extra
from Pisa 65 € extra
from Lucca 65 € extra
from Rome 135 € extra
Cost includes: visit and wine tasting in wineries present in our list, driver in english or spanish, pick up and drop off, gas, van with air conditioning, taxes and the meals for the driver.
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