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In 1454, in an ancient house in the center, Agnolo Ambrogini was born, one of the greatest poets of the Italian Renaissance. In literature texts he is known as Politian, a name that derives from the Latin name of his birthplace: Mons Politianus was, in fact, the original name of Montepulciano, a settlement on a hilltop founded in late Etruscan times on a hill between the Val d'Orcia and the Val di Chiana. Active in the Middle Ages in the commercial and manufacturing sector, the town was rebuilt with a new urban plan during the 15th and 16th centuries. Visitors today can admire the typical Medieval buildings and the beautiful monuments of the Renaissance period.

The visit can start at the church of San Biagio at the foot of the hill on which the town rises. Located in the middle of a large grassy field, the church is among the greatest expressions of the 16th century in Tuscany, a masterpiece of Antonio da Sangallo the Elder.

Climbing the hill, we arrive in the historic center where we can admire places of great historical and artistic interest: the Civic Museum, the palaces of Via Ricci and Via del Corso, and the numerous churches. We can enjoy the view of the surrounding hills and valleys from the Porta delle Farine, the church of San Francesco, and the tower of Palazzo Comunale, in addition to the old neighbourhood of the Poggiolo

Montepulciano is renowned for its wine production. After tasting the prized Vino Nobile, we can discover the wine cellars of the city. The famous Cantina Redi is located , in the basement of Palazzo Ricci and the vaults of its cellars remind those of a cathedral dedicated to the wine ! The highlight of our trip is the monumental Piazza Grande, with the cathedral, the civic palaces, and the Well of the Griffons and Lions. At the end of August the piazza hosts the Bravio delle Botti, a tournament among the eight neighborhoods of the town competing in the rolling of heavy wine barrels.

Once in Montepulciano we shouldn't forget to taste some of the local specialties; the traditional cuisine offers pici (a homemade pasta often served with a tasty tomato and garlic sauce), ravaggiolo (cheese between two fern leaves), and ciaccia (a kind of baked pizza-like dough, with olive oil and salt). The Chianine steaks are simply superb and they are a perfect pairing with Vino Nobile Riserva or with Brunello di Montalcino therefore a must for any true gourmet! Among the desserts we should mention the crogetti, in the period of Carnival, and lattaiolo, a kind of crème caramel.

 

All tours are personally guided by a Sommelier and Wine Connoisseur.
  Clients are accepted on a first come-first served basis.

Classic Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano Tour (duration 9 hours)
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Departure from your Hotel / Apartment in Florence at 8.00a.m. heading toward the splendid Tuscan countryside.

Stop for a visit (about 40 / 45 minutes) at the charming medieval town of Montepulciano.

Stop at the 1st winery for visit to the cellars and for wine and olive oil tasting (about 1.00 – 1.30 hours).

Stop at the restaurant / winery for light lunch / lunch.

Further driving trough the gorgeous Chianti countryside.
Stop at the 2nd winery for visit to the cellars and for wine and olive oil tasting (about 1.00 – 1.30 hours).

Return to your Hotel / Apartment in Florence around 5.00 – 5.30p.m. driving trough the gorgeous Chianti countryside.

Included:

  • 1 Luxury air-conditioned van, English speaking driver – sommelier , all local taxes.

Not included:

  • Meals, gratuities, visit and tasting fees at the wineries (usually 10 – 15 Euro per person).
    Extra hours: every extra hour costs 40Euro to be paid cash to the driver at the end of the tour.

To book this tour:  IV Travel

Number of guests Price
1 Person Euro 480
2 People Euro 480
3 People Euro 520
4 People Euro 560
5 People Euro 590
6 People Euro 630
7 People Euro 660
8 People Euro 700

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The price for the tours include:

  • 1 luxury air conditioned Mercedes Viano van,

  • English speaking driver / wine-guide ,

  • V.A.T. and highway tolls.

  • Meals as indicated

  • Winery visits as indicated

  • Entrance fees as indicated

The price for the tours do not include:

  • Meals not indicated

  • Entrance fees not indicated

  • Gratuities

  • Medical insurance

Please dress for the weather.

Extra fees:

  • Prices are based on pick up and drop off in Florence.  Other "driving fees" may apply for pick up and drop-off in other locations.

  • Added time - any additional time requested by a client is payable at 40 Euro/hour with a minimum of 20 Euro payable to the driver/guide