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Montepulciano, Province of Siena, Tuscany

Situated at about 70 km from province capital Siena, not far from the Tuscan-Umbrian border between the Val di Chiana and Val d'Orcia. The town is rich in works of art, and especially famous for its variety of wine, the Vino Nobile. In the vicinity lies the homonymous lake, a nature reserve established in 1996.

Info

  • Altitude: 600 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 14,000 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 53045
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0578
  • Patron Saint: St. John the Baptist, celebrated on August 29 (day of the saint's death)
  • Frazioni & Localities: Abbadia, Acquaviva, Argiano, Ascianello, Cervognano, Fonte al Giunco, Gracciano, Montepulciano Stazione, Nottola, Salcheto, Sant'Albino, Tre Berte, Valiano.
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History

The legend says it was founded by the Etruscan king Porsenna, of the nearby town of Chiusi, in the sixth century BC.

What to see

  • The small historic center with the walls that surround it.
  • The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, or Duomo of Montepulciano, built between 1594 and 1680; in its interior a masterpiece of the Senese school.
  • The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, late sixteenth century, with a simple Mannerist façade with a portico and three arches; inside a precious terracotta altar by Andrea della Robbia.
  • The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Biagio is on the road to the renowned spa town of Chianciano.
  • The church of St. Augustine.

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