Montepulciano

On the hinge that connects and separates at the same time Val di Chiana and Val d’Orcia, Montepulciano presents itself with a medieval urban layout and with a rich heritage of renaissance art and architecture. A jewel of a city, with a historical centre that is a succession of palaces, all the work of the greatest architects who lived between the years 1400 and 1600. Important Etruscan finds, evidence of its most ancient origins, emerged during excavations that were carried out also within the castle walls. Among the many finds, a beautiful door of an Etruscan tomb is exhibited in the Crociani Municipal Art Gallery and Museum, where one can admire numerous other masterpieces of painting and sculpture, including a Beccafumi, just recently attributed to the artist and a Caravaggio. Interesting to note how Montepulciano has always interwoven its history with that of wine, as a kylix (wine cup) decorated with red figures illustrates, with the depiction of Flufluns, the Etruscan equivalent of Dionysus/Bacchus, found in 1868 in an Etruscan tomb near the city. A tradition of wine that has come down to our day passing through the centuries and tapping into, generation after generation, knowledge gained from experience: the wines Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG and Rosso di Montepulciano DOC, just as the Vin Santo DOC, represent a perfect model of evolution in the tradition of this product of excellence. And the culture of eating well in Montepulciano is also attested by the exceptional extra virgin olive oil, by the cheeses from sheep’s milk, by the bovine meat of the “Chianina” breed and the salami from the “Cinta Senese” pig; products that also represent the contact that has never been broken with the Etruscan civilisation, which here finds the ideal territory for expressing its refined culinary culture.