Montepulciano is an interesting walled hill town in Tuscany, built on a sloping and narrow limestone ridge in the heart of the Vino Nobile wine growing area and commanding the southeast part of Tuscany near the Umbrian border. It is the ancient Etruscan city of Nocera Alfaterna, (300BC). It is the biggest and highest of southern Tuscany`s hill towns with medieval alleyways, beautiful Renaissance palaces and churches as well as an impressive central square and views.
The fields around the town produce a violet-scented, orange-speckled ruby wine called Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. This area has been known since at least the 8th century for its superior wine. Vino Nobile is known as Tuscany`s number-two red because it`s slightly less beefy than Montalcino`s Brunello.
Nearby: Visit Val d` Orcia, Pienza, San Quirico d` Orcia, Bagno Vignoni
Distances: Siena - 42 miles, Florence - 70 miles, Arezzo - 34 miles