Montepulciano, a small medieval village, stands on a ridge 605 m above sea level, not too far from Siena, between the enchanting Val D’Orcia and Valdichiana, in the beautiful region of Tuscany. A place surrounded by history, art and nature, which amazes with its postcard landscapes, breathtaking views and ancient monuments.
Montepulciano has very ancient roots. Its origins date back to the times of the ancient Etruscans and legend has it that the town was founded by Lars Porsenna, Chiusi’s Etruscan lucumone.
The first actual date of its birth goes back to a written document dated 715 AD, in which the town is known as Mons Politianus.
The little village was disputed for a long time between the cities of Florence and Siena for its strategic position with which it was possible to dominate the neighbouring Valdichiana and Val D'Orcia. From the fifteenth century onwards, Montepulciano was a place of great artistic and cultural participation, house of the great poet Poliziano but also of famous architects such as Baldassarre Peruzzi and Jacopo Barozzi, among those who have contributed to build the famous urban features that are still present today.
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Montepulciano on the big screen
Montepulciano was the location of several movies and advertising sets. Its historical background and its Renaissance and medieval beauty made it a perfect shooting place for international movies and TV series with influential appearances.
One of the latest international movies shooted in Montepulciano is New Moon, the second chapter of the so loved Twilight Saga. Being on the big screen increased Montepulciano’s tourism even more, many fans wanted to feel part of the aforementioned movie just by walking down the streets of this ancient village.
Another equally important set is the one made for the well-known television drama "Medici", where Montepulciano was one of the main shooting locations chosen for the entire three seasons of this tv series.
Last but not least, it is impossible not to mention other important international movies shot in the small village such as Sogno di una notte di mezza estate and L’Arcidiavolo. These are definitely other reasons to visit Montepulciano and to learn about the great qualities that this little town has to offer.
For decades Montepulciano has been and still is one of the most loved destinations for those who visit Tuscany. Its history and its ancient scenery create a quite magical atmosphere, at times bewitching, a perfect opportunity to go back in time and enjoy spectacular places. A visit not to miss and that will definitely leave its mark.
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