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Montepulciano

Church of San GiagioLocated about 67 km southeast of Siea, it is best if you approach the town from the south so that you can see the San Biagio Montepulciano, a church by Antonia da Sangallo, is located about one kim from the town.

Though unfinished, this is an great example of Renaissance architecture. The layout is that of a Greek cross with central dome and two towers.

Visiting Montepulciano is a long walk. The main street of Montepulciano stretches for 11.5 kilometers from the Porta al Prato at the bottom to the Piazza Grande at the top of the hill.

In the town, the Duomo is also unfished but it has an alterpiece and other works by famous artists from Florence and Siena. Florence and Siena both fought over the control of Montepulciano. The Plazzao Comunale, just outside the Duomo, is actually a smaller version of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.

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On ourprevious visit to Montepulciano it was a cold overcast and rainy day. We just kept walking and walking along the 11 km main street till we got to the top of the hill. There was actual low cloud throughout the town which accentuated the grandure of the grand buildings. Well what a difference a sunny day makes!
Montepulciano Piazza Grande Cathedral di Santa Maria
Inside the walls the streets are crammed with Renaissance-style palazzi and churches. Piazza Grande is the real monumental center of Montepulciano and hosts the "Palazzo Comunale" (Town hall) 15th century tower. The Cathedral di Santa Maria was built from 1592 to 1650. The bell tower dates to the 1500's.

We have returned a couple of times on various trips. Each time we enjoy the visit.