Montepulciano is the largest and most history-filled town in the south of Siena. It was inhabited 60,000 years ago by Neanderthal man and also served as a Roman garrison headquarters. Its walls date back to the 13th century where it was fought over by Siena and Florence.
Montepulciano is known as the king of wine. It is known for the Nobile di Montepulciano–which was one of the first Italian wines to obtain the denomination of superior quality.
There are many wineries in the historical city and they should all be visited. The Cantine de’ Ricci is located in the medieval underground portion of the grande palazzo.
Don’t miss the Grande Piazza–you may recognize this from the Hollywood movies. Here is a short list of movies filmed in Montepulciano:
The English Patient
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Under the Tuscan Sun
Twilight, New Moon
Montepulciano is also one of the places Cook in Tuscany spends time at. www.cookintuscany.com
Its about 2.5 hours north of Rome. You will need a car to get here.