Montepulciano, known mostly for the wines called Nobile and Rosso di Montepulciano, it’s a town of elegant beauty. A long, winding street called the Corso climbs up to the main square, which crowns the summit of the hill, with beautiful Renaissance buildings, hidden corners and stunning views of the surrounding valleys covered by vineyards. Between Montepulciano and Pienza you find Monticchiello, a small and quaint medieval village which deserves a visit. It is famous among locals for its street theatre.
Pienza, often described as the “utopian city”, it represents one of the best-planned Renaissance towns, where a model of ideal living and governance was experimented, based on the concept of a town able to satisfy the needs of a peaceful and hardworking population. Pienza’s location helps the town to embody the fundamental principles that humanistic architecture attempted to incorporate the balanced relationship between Man and Nature. Pienza most renowned tradition is Pecorino cheese, which you can taste in many typical shops or in some cheese factory in the countryside.
San Quirico d’Orcia, is a little village not yet spoiled by tourism, with its original medieval street plan intact with a strong restoration and preservation program, it still retains its historic charm. Travelling through a unique landscape, 5 km south you descend towards Bagno Vignoni, a lovely little hamlet of more than a group of houses centered on a large pool of thermal water, known since Roman times for its curative springs. You can relax here with a sulfur cure before proceeding to Montalcino, sanctuary of Brunello one of the most highly regarded wine in the world. Montalcino’s historic center is dominated by its 14th century fortress. Lining the narrow streets of the town, you will find many artisan shops and wineries
- Itinerary: Poggiobello – Montepulciano – Monticchiello – Pienza – Montefollonico
- Total Km: 52 km
- Driving Time: 1h 10 min