Montepulciano is a beautiful little medieval hilltop town in Tuscany in Italy. If you like wine, good food, wine tasting, culture and shopping this is the town for you to visit.
Montepulciano can be seen in a day and is great day trip from Siena, Florence or Pisa. We were staying just outside Siena and Montepulciano took 1 hour by car to get there.
It has that nice relaxing vibe there as it is all about the wine! The town is surrounded by vineyards and rolling hills. It is your typical Tuscan town.
We spent the day eating amazing food covered in truffles, and if you have not tried truffles you have not lived, they are to die for. Of course we drank the local Montepulciano red wine that was easy drinking.
We saw the sights, shopped and finished with exploring the underground wine cellar tunnels and wine tasting. My type of day! It’s always wine o’clock somewhere.
Here is what to see in Montepulciano Italy in one day.
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Where is Montepulciano?
Montepulciano is located in the centre of the region of Tuscany in Italy. Florence is 1 hour and 20 minutes away, Pisa is 2 hours 30 minutes away and Rome is 2 hours 30 minutes away by car.
What are the Sights to See in Montepulciano?
The sights to see in Montepulciano are the Cathedral Saint Mary Of Assumption. This is a beautiful cathedral in the town centre, it is different to other cathedrals in Italy as it has no facade. It was built between 1594 -1680 and is beautiful inside.
The Palazzo del Commune is the town hall and was built in the 14th century. Beside, the town hall is the Torre di Pulcinella which is the clock tower that you can go to the top.
I was over going up towers after Siena, but that is probably because I drank too much wine before!
The main sights are uphill so it is best to visit these in the morning, we went in the after lunch in the heat, so not much a wise move.
There are wine cellars and wine shops all over the town, so you cannot go wrong. The wines of the area are fantastic.
From the town there are a few
In the Main Street there are beautiful shops with hand made soaps, shoes, handbags, purses and clothes.
Useful Info on Montepulciano Italy
- Language: Italian, English is spoken
- Currency: Euros
Travelling by Car to Montepulciano
If you are travelling by car to Montepulciano these are the approximate travel times from the closest cities in Italy.
The car parks are small and get full quickly in the summer months, so go early. Have coins to pay for the parking ticket, as it is pay and display.
- Florence to Montepulciano by car 1 hour and 30minutes
- Pisa to Montepulciano by car 2 hours 30 minutes
- Rome to Montepulciano by car 2 hours 30 minutes
- Perugia to Montepulciano by car 1 hour
Travelling by Train to Montepulciano
If you are travelling by train to Montepulciano these are the approximate travel times from the closest cities in Italy.
Train tickets can be purchased online beforehand or at the train station. The ticket machines can be used in English.
Just remember to validate your train ticket at the validation machines before you go to the platform.
- Florence to Montepulciano by train 2 hours 35 minutes
- Pisa to Montepulciano by train 3 hours 20 minutes
- Rome to Montepulciano by train 3 hours 20minutes
- Perugia to Montepulciano by train 2 hours 20minutes
Closest Airports to Montepulciano
The closest airports to Montepulciano are Perugia, Florence, Pisa or Rome, see the above times to get to Montepulciano from each airport.
Accommodation Around Montepulciano
There are hotels, apartments & B&B’s in Montepulciano and outside in the countryside. If you have a car staying in the countryside is the real Tuscan experience of the rolling hills, the pointy tall trees and vineyard all around.
When we went there we stayed in a two-story apartment with a garden 7kms outside of Siena and it was, perfect for a family and it was picture perfect!
Weather in Montepulciano
The weather in Montepulciano in the summer months through May To September vary from 20*C – 30*C (It can be hotter in July/August when we were there it was over 30*C daily).
What to Wear in Montepulciano
In the summers months it is hot, so wear comfortable clothing and bring a cover-up for churches and cathedrals. Wear comfortable flat shoes as there is a lot of walking around uneven surfaces and uphill in the town centre and steps up towers.
Bring a water bottle and a portable phone charger. I always bring my own water bottle as it is insulated and keeps the water cold.
A portable phone charger I could not live without, as between taking photos on my phone and using it for maps, internet and an actual phone, it does not take long for the battery to die.
I use one by Anker, as it is small and will charge my phone quickly and which is so handy when out all day.
What to See in Montepulciano Italy in One Day Round-Up
My tips for Montepulciano are to go early to make the most of the day and get parked if driving. Do the sights first as the walking is up hill, before it gets too hot.
After the sights go for a delicious lunch with wine and try the truffles on pasta or steak, you will not be disappointed.
After lunch walk along the Main Street and shop for souvenirs and handmade items you will not find anywhere else.
At the end of the day go wine tasting at one of the underground wine
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