I’ve always enjoyed Montapulciano wines, so I was really excited to go to the source of beloved Vino Nobile!
It wasn’t surprising that this small town (14,000 residents) was saturated with wine shops, wineries, wine accoutrements and restaurants serving wine.
As the town is mostly pedestrians-only, we parked right outside the town walls and walked through main gate Porta al Prato. From there, we followed via di Gracciano nel Corso, the main street lined with boutiques, churches, boutiques and old mansions.
Montapulciano is built on a narrow ridge of volcanic rock, so it’s pretty steep. From many spots, there are great views over the Valdichiana countryside.
Piazza Grande, Montapulciano’s main square, sits on the highest point of the ridge.
13th-century Gothic Comune di Montepulciano, a tower and rustication built in imitation of Florence’s Palazzo Veccio that serves as the town hall, sits on the town’s highest point.