A walking tour in 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗽𝘂𝗹𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗼.
Montepulciano is a medieval and Renaissance hill town and comune in the Italian province of Siena in southern 𝐓𝐮𝐬𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐲.
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Montepulciano is a major producer of food and drink. Renowned for its pork, cheese, “pici” pasta, lentils, and honey, it is known worldwide for its wine. Connoisseurs consider its Vino Nobile, which should not be confused with varietal wine made from the Montepulciano grape, among Italy’s best.
According to legend, it was founded by the Etruscan King Lars Porsena of Chiusi; recent findings prove that a settlement was already in existence in the 4th-3rd centuries BC. In Roman times it was the seat of a garrison guarding the main roads of the area.
After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, it developed as a religious center under the Lombards.
In the 12th century it was repeatedly attacked by the Republic of Siena, which the Poliziani faced with the help of the Perugia and Orvieto, and sometimes Florence, communes. The 14th century was characterized by constant struggles between the local noble families, until the Del Pecora family became rulers of the town.
From 1390, Montepulciano was a loyal ally (and later possession) of Florence and, until the mid-16th century, lived a period of splendour with architects such as Antonio da Sangallo the Elder, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, Baldassarre Peruzzi, Ippolito Scalza and others, building luxurious residences and other edifices here. In 1559, when Siena was conquered by Florence and Montepulciano lost its strategic role, its importance declined.
After the unification of Italy and the drying of the Val di Chiana, the town remained the most important agricultural centre in the area, while the industrial activities moved mostly next to Chiusi, which was nearer to the railroad being built in that period.
A competitive “barrel race through the city” called the “Bravio delle botti” has been held on the last Sunday of August since the 14th Century.
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0:00 – [Drone intro]
1:25 – [Tour begins / Porta di Prato (Prato Gate)]
2:58 – [Piazza Savonarola]
4:52 – [Via Fiorina]
5:38 – [Ruga di Fuori street]
7:35 – [Ruga di mezzo street]
9:40 – [Via di Gracciano nel Corso]
11:07 – [*St. Augustine church – 1285 a.D.*]
15.46 – [Piazza di Santa Lucia (and Church of St. Lucia)]
16:33 – [Vicolo dell’unione street]
18:25 – [Vicolo delle Case vecchie]
19:45 – [Via di Voltaia nel Corso / main street]
21:00 – [Vicolo dello Sdruciolo]
22:37 – [Vicolo dell’Oste]
23:24 – [Via di Voltaia nel Corso / main street]
29:48 – [Via del Poliziano]
30:39 – [Via delle Spiaggie – climbing up]
31:44 – [Panorama on the town from above]
33:14 – [*Fortress of Montepulciano and Gardens*]
37:26 – [Via di S.Donato]
39:34 – [Piazza Grande (“Big Square”) Main square]
40:29 – [*Cathedral of St. Maria Assunta*]
43:30 – [Via Fiorenzuola Vecchia]
44:46 – [Panorama on the town from above]
46:51 – [*Piazza Grande*]
49:00 – [Via Talosa]
50:00 – [Via Ricci]
51:20 – [Piazza di S.Francesco (S.Francis square) and panorama]
53:38 – [Via del Poggiolo]
56:40 – [Via di Voltaia nel Corso / main street]
57:36 – [Vicolo Cervini]
58:42 – [Borgo Buio / literally “Dark town”]
1:01:09 – [Ruga di mezzo]
1:02:59 – [Piazza Savonarola]
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