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Montepulciano

One of the Tuscan renaissance symbols, many of the noble families from the Medici court had their summer residences here.
Time seems to have stood still, so as not to spoil the splendour of the town. It has many elegant palaces, powerful churches, and lovely alleys, as we climb up the hill to Piazza Grande, the main square.
Here we admire the Duomo, with the works of Taddeo di Bartolo, the Town Hall, programmed by Michelangelo, the large Palazzo Cantucci, by Sangallo and the old city Well “dei Grifi e dei Leoni”.
Just outside the city walls is the San Bagio church which was constructed by Sangallo and considered one of his most important renaissance works.
Walking in the town we also find some of the historic wine cantinas (almost all underground) , artisan shops and small boutiques. It’s worth stopping at one of the cantinas to sample some of the Montepulciano Vino Nobile, the famous wine in this area. The wine was prized by the nobility in the area (hence the name), it was declared by Francesco Redi in the 17th Century as being the king of Tuscan wines.