In the rolling hills of the province of Siena in southern Tuscany you will find the enchanting medieval town of Montepulciano.
Here this gem of Italian renaissance sits six hundred and five metres above sea level with commanding views across the countryside and valleys of Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana.
More than anything this is the place to dip into the very best food and wine available to mankind. Boasting the “Vino Nobile di Montepulciano” a red Sangiovese grape wine produced by the surrounding vineyards of the town and famous pork based foods. With cheeses, pasta, lentils and honey also on the menu, you might be mistaken in thinking this place has everything, but it has.
Local festivals including the barrel-racing Bravio delle Botti contest and about all the services you would every need, it might just be the place for you. A short distance to Pienza ,70km Siena and 124km to Florence it’s quite easy and quick to get to and from. But let’s talk about the property to buy in the area.
Undoubtedly Montepulciano is not cheap, but there are some nice bargains to be had as well.
Photograph by Rowan Heuvel