Montepulciano and its vineyards
Photo ©Consorzio Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
A beautiful town near Pienza, nestled between the Val D'Orcia and Val di Chiana
A day trip to Montepulciano

While in Pienza, set aside a few hours to visit Montepulciano, just 11 kilometers away from town, nestled between the Val D'Orcia and Val di Chiana. Montepulciano is a quintessential Tuscan medieval village vaunting green landscapes marked by rolling hills, castle walls and ramparts, thermal springs and fine wine... it's perfection personified!

Montepulciano is located in southern Tuscany in the province of Siena. Situated on a limestone hill 605 m above sea level, it's famous worldwide for its Vino Nobile, an Italian product par excellence. Besides wine and food-related treasures (such as pici pasta, pork, lentils and more), there are many gems worth visiting in the area. The town is known as a "16th-century jewel" thanks to its splendid Renaissance art and architecture. When it comes to the main sights, here's what to see in Montepulciano.

Other curiosities

New Moon: The film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight book series was filmed here, transforming the town’s historic center into a movie set during filming.

Montepulciano is car-free: Cars are not permitted inside the historical center without a permit, so you'll have to park outside of town, but try and get there early, as summer crowds fill parking lots fast!

Long walks: Montepulciano's main street spans 1.5 km, from Porta al Prato to piazza Grande at the top of the hill.

By car, Montepulciano is only a few miles from the A1 motorway and the more scenic SS2 stretching from Rome to Florence. 
By bus, Montepulciano is connected to many other Tuscan cities, including Siena (75 minutes), Pienza (30 minutes), Montalcino (1 hour) and Chiusi (hourly). Buses depart from piazza Pietro Nenni, which visitors can reach from the town center by following a pedestrian shortcut equipped with both an elevator and stairs.
If you're coming by train, the nearest train station is Chiusi (30 minutes away), where you'll find frequent trains to Florence and Rome.