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Montepulciano, is a renaissance town in Southern Tuscany and an important agricultural center, famous for it's "Nobile" wine. Montepulciano lies on a hilltop in a panoramic position and is surrounded by the 15th century defensive works by "Antonio da Sangallo". Birthplace of the famous poet Agnolo Ambrogini, called "Poliziano". Thanks to its history throughout the centuries, the town has preserved many architectural jewels and artistic treasures along side the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside.
Montepulciano has many wine shops, (local name is enoteca or cantina) offering the chance to taste the local wine "Nobile di Montepulciano", as well as, to have a traditional Tuscan "colazione" or "merenda" (breakfast) with local products: pecorino cheese, salami, crostini or bruschetta. A real pleasure for the senses!
In Sant'Albino, a small village close to Montepulciano, there are the Thermal Spas of Montepulciano, famous for its waters and mud-baths whose curative benefits have been renowned for centuries.
This festival takes place in the middle of August and on the big stage set up under a symbolic tree, holds a spectacle in period costume, with local life stories and ancient Tuscan songs. More musical shows, theatre productions and exhibitions of figurative art.
- Bravio delle Botti :
Barrel-rolling race competition between the 8 quarters of Montepulciano. It takes place on the last Sunday of August and consists in pushing a wine barrel of 85 kg through the narrow streets of the historic city. The festival opens with an historical parade with more than 200 people wearing 14th century costumes. Each quarter is represented by drummers, flag-wavers, ensigns, ladies, knights, capitains, soldiers and a magistrate.
- Fiera di Sant'Agnese:
Traditional open air market. It take place on the 1st day of May with about 300 exhibitors.
- Fiera della Maestą del Ponte:
Traditional market of Tuscany hosted near the train station, last weekend in September. Many exhibitors.
- Antique fair market : Each 2nd weekend of the month in the historic center of Montepulciano. About 50 exhibitors.