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Montepulciano in Tuscany

Location of Montepulciano

One of the most beautiful hilltowns in Tuscany, MontepulcianoMontepulciano, known as one of the most attractive hilltowns in Tuscany, is located in the Val di Chiana and within easy reach of the Val d’Orcia.

Montepulciano is built on a limestone ridge of Monte Poliziano in the province of Siena in southern Tuscany with an elevation of 605 m.
The nearest bigger town is Pienza, located at about 13 km distance, Siena is 70 km away and Florence even 134 km.
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Chianti and Tuscan Wine Tasting

Experience Chianti and Super Tuscans at a wine tasting

Grapes ready to become Chianti wineTuscany is famous for its wines and not without reason. The earliest documentation of a “Chianti wine” dates back to the 13th century when viticulture was known to flourish in the “Chianti Mountains” around Florence. Not only the high quality wine and the fame of the Chianti make Tuscany so attractive to wine lovers from all over the world. The hospitaly of the wine makers and their great knowledge of their vino, have an enormous added value.

Many of the wine estates in Tuscany offer (free)tours around their vineyards and are happy to tell you about the process of wine making and let you taste the various wines. We are happy to offer you a list of small, often family-run, estates that offer these tours and tastings. The list is courtesy of La Vera Toscana

The following estates offer a wine tasting on site:

  • Agriturismo Le Fonti a San Giorgio [with online booking form]
  • Agriturismo Le Gret
  • Borgo Stomennano
  • Castello del Trebbio [with online booking form]
  • Castello di Vicarello [with online booking form]
  • Castello Sonnino [with online booking form]
  • Fattoria Casa Sola [with online booking form]
  • Fattoria di Corsignano [with online booking form]
  • Fattoria la Loggia
  • Fattoria Torre del Castellano [with online booking form]
  • Fattoria Tregole [with online booking form]
  • Villa Cicolina [with online booking form]
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    San Gimignano in Tuscany

    The long history of San Gimignano

    San Gimignano Tuscany Piazza CisternaSan Gimignano was founded as a small village in the 3rd century BC by the Etruscans. Historical records begin in the 10th century, when it adopted the name of the bishop Saint Geminianus, who had defended it from Attila’s Huns.

    In the Middle Ages and Renaissance era, it was a stopping point for Catholic pilgrims on their way to Rome and the Vatican, as it sits on the medieval Via Francigena. The city’s development also was improved by the trade of agricultural products from the fertile neighbouring hills.

    In 1199, during the period of its highest splendour, the city made itself independent from the bishops of Volterra. Divisions between Guelphs and Ghibellines troubled the inner life of the commune, which nonetheless, still managed to embellish itself with artworks and architectures.

    Saint Fina, known also as Seraphina and Serafina, was a thirteenth century Italian saint born in San Gimignano during 1238. Since Saint Fina died on March 12, 1253 her feast day became March 12. Her major shrine is in San Gimignano and the house said to be her home still stands in the town.

    On May 8, 1300, San Gimignano hosted Dante Alighieri in his role of ambassador of the Guelph League in Tuscany.

    The city flourished until 1348, when the plague that affected all of Europe, compelled it to submit to Florence. San Gimignano became a secondary centre until the nineteenth century, when its status as a touristic and artistic resort began to be recognized.

    Main sights

    View of 2 medieval towers in San Gimignano TuscanyWhile in other cities, such as Bologna or Florence, most or all of their towers have been brought down due to wars, catastrophes, or urban renewal, San Gimignano has managed to conserve fourteen towers of varying height which have become its international symbol.
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    Hotel Agriturismo Borgo Scopeto Relais near Siena

    Borgo Scopeto Relais Siena – 4-star hotel

    Borgo Scopeto Relais  4-star hotel in Siena TuscanyThe Borgo Scopeto Relais is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards with a spectacular view over Siena and is located in Castelnuovo Berardenga. This elegant hotel, close to the ancient walls, is the ideal getaway.

    This charming hotel is housed in a recently restored 13th century hamlet. Its guest rooms maintain the ancient charm of the building and combine this with all modern conveniences.

    It is located in the heart of the Chianti area and from here you can visit some typical vineyards for wine tastings, go horse riding, or visit Siena and the smaller, picturesque Chianti villages.

    The hotel features a restaurant specialising in high quality typical Tuscan food. You can admire the marvellous view over the city of Siena as you dine on the restaurant terrace. During the day, enjoy the hotel’s 2 outdoor swimming pools and the surrounding greenery.

    Great rooms at Borgo Scopeto RelaisHotel Rooms: 58.

    Customer review score of 9.6 for this hotel.

    Prices for a deluxe double room for around €250 per night.

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    Best Holiday Stays in Tuscany

    Don’t settle for just any hotel. Enjoy the full experience of a real Tuscan villa

    Best holiday stays in TuscanyWhen looking for a nice place to stay in Tuscany I stumbled across this site with the most amazing accommodations. It’s called La Vera Toscana, the real Tuscany, and looking at the pictures of the villas and agriturismos I must agree with the name. I will personally check out one of them this summer: Casa Sola

    Most agriturismos or locations have the option to follow a wine course or to learn some italian cooking as well.

    Check out the high class villas and historic residences in Tuscany.

    Excellent choices for your visit of all the beauty that Tuscany has to offer like Florence and Siena.

     

    Update:

    Casa Sola was brilliant. Nice quiet house in the middle of the Chianti vineyards. Some great Chianti from the estate for a fair price. Lovely hill towns near the estate. The real Tuscan life. Florence, Siena and the Chianti wine route are just around the corner.