Many of Tuscany's hilltop towns are extremely charming. With medieval buildings separated by narrow, cobbled streets leading up to impressive fortresses. And many of these towns are also located in mouth-wateringly lush wine producing areas. But not all of them are as well endowed, both with beauty or vineyards, as Montepulciano. The best places to stay in Montepulciano are perfect bases for both soaking up the culture of the area and indulging in its delicious food and wines.
On the architecture and scenery side some of the main attractions - not including the drive up - are:
⁃ the main square,
⁃ the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta (for the art),
⁃ the 16th Century church of Santa Maria della Grazie,
⁃ and the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Biagio.
But the town bursts with good examples of this-or-that architecture - from the Etruscan of the original fort to the Gothic and Renaissance designs commissioned for the town once it came under the rule of Florence in the 13th Century.
The main thing to remember when quaffing in Montepulciano is not to confuse the wines made on these local hills for those made of the grape called Montepulciano. These share the name by necessity, but the locals don't take kindly to folks who don't know the difference.
Vino Nobile is the one you're looking for. And the one you should rely on to recover your strength after you've traipsed up and down the hill all day visiting the vineyards and tasting houses.
Still not sure which to choose? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Montepulciano, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively, widen the net and check out all our recommendations in Tuscany.
Torrita di Siena, Tuscany
Charmingly rustic B&B in the Tuscan hills. Superb views, simple rooms, great value. An ideal spot to explore the Tuscan landscape from.
After years of restoration current owners have returned this villa to its former glory. In 6 hectares of parkland it has rural views of the medieval town of Montepulciano. Exposed beams, terracotta floors and large windows feature in the rooms. Cuisine is local and cooking classes are available.
Montepulciano Siena, Tuscany
A small hotel and restaurant in a charming hilltown. Four rustic chic bedrooms with fabulous views, excellent gourmet restaurant, and lots to do in the surrounding area from wine tasting to local music festivals.
Torrita di Siena, Tuscany
An eccentric and luxurious Tuscan villa with stunning views. Rooms with fruit pastel colours lacquered on stone walls, wooden beams, four poster beds, and stone floors. Lovely terraces, pool, and delicious organic food. A romantic choice.
Delightful stone country house B&B surrounded by farmland with undulating views. Rustic chic rooms with four posted beds, some with private garden terraces. Lovely breakfast room and swimming pool. A refined and elegant spot for a wedding or a group holiday.