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Hot Springs and SPAs around Montepulciano

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The surroundings of Mount Amiata, an ancient dormant volcano which still bears underground geothermal activity results in many natural hot springs and geysers. Few of them were known and used since remote times especially as relief to pilgrims or army crossing our lands and are still in use today, often transformed in modern Spas. Most of the hot springs are within private establishments (Spas or Hotel) where you need to buy an entrance which will give you access to dressing room, showers and other services.  Check the websites below for access conditions, rates and opening times. Here all the closest thermal baths to Montepulciano and estimated driving time. CHIANCIANO TERME (about 20 min) Recently renovated SPA and hot spring complex with easy access and parking Official website: https://www.piscinetermalitheia.it/en/

Contemporary Art Exhibition at Fortezza Medicea

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  from 16 September to 8 October 2020 Some 150 works on display in the beautiful setting of the "Fortezza Medicea" coming from Italian and international artists tells about contemporary art in various facets. Free admission, without reservation, every day from 10.00 to 18.30 until 8 October 2020,  The exhibition is divided into three sections:  ➡️   the first is an exhibition itinerary of "Historicized Works of Contemporary Art of Twentieth century" ➡️   the second is a solo show by Enrico Manera entitled “Distinguo Phase 3”  ➡️   the third is a collective of national and international artists.  The exhibition "Fortezza in Arte", conceived and curated by Marilena Visconti (General Director) expert in high antiques and Liana Cioli (Artistic Director) expert in contemporary art, aims to enhance some collections and works created by the most incisive Italian artists of the twentieth century and is set up thanks to the collaboration with Artcom.  The initiativ

Lonely Planet Special Guide to Montepulciano and its surroundings

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The reputed magazine "Lonely Planet Italia" just released (August 2020) a special guide to the surrounding areas of Montepulciano and the Sienese Chiana valley.  You can download the Italian version here:  https://www.gomontepulciano.com/images/doc/lonelyplanet.pdf

August 6th 2020 Concert in the Fortress

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On August 6th at 930pm a concert performed by musician and composer Simone Rocchi in the enchanting fortress of Montepulciano.  The fortress complex is the house the Wine Producers Consortium, after an impressive restoration project which has involved the Municipality, wine producers and an overseas partner, the Kennesaw University of Georgia (USA).  Since then it's used as location for art exhibitions, performing arts, meetings, courses and other cultural activities.

Cooking classes in Montepulciano

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Where to book a local cooking class in or around the town a pasta making class Montepulciano's culinary scene is particularly lively not only because it lays on a solid century old tradition but also because of a new generation of cooks and chefs enhanced it combining research, innovation and know how. Many are the regional recipes that contributed to make the Italian cuisine worldwide renowned, so why don't you try to get its secrets by attending one of the several cooking class offered by restaurants or private chefs? Here few addresses to check out: Ristorante Logge del Vignola http://www.leloggedelvignola.com/en/cooking-classes/ Claudia Iasenza Chef - Ristorante il Covo (just outside the town) https://www.ristoranteilcovo.net/it/cooking-class   Ristorante Gattavecchi (located next door to Stuart View's apartments) https://www.facebook.com/cantina.gattavecchi/ Farmhouse IL CASALE (in the countryside between Montepulciano and Pienza - 20 min drive) https://podereilcasale.

Top of the Rock. A visit to the highest point of Montepulciano

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During Summer months (March-October) you shouldn't miss a steep but rewarding climb to the Town Hall's roof and belfry.  This is part of the view (looking South) from the belfry Visitors can access the terrace (entrance ticket € 2.50) or climb up the stairs to the belfry (€ 5.00), where they can enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding valleys, along with a breathtaking overview of Piazza Grande and the entire town.  Tickets are available at the Town Hall main entrance desk. The access may have restrictions in case of bad weather or during special events. Enquiries +39 0578757341

TWO DAYS IN MONTEPULCIANO

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 WHAT TO DO IN MONTEPULCIANO IN TWO DAYS  Although the "Pearl of the Renaissance" as it is called Montepulciano would probably deserve a longer stay, two days are enough to get the spirit (and the wine) of the town.  This is my personal itinerary: FIRST STEP: After you've checked in to the Stuart View's Apartments  (n. 7 on the above map) or other properties you should start from the historic cellars of 👉  Cantine Gattavecchi (2 on the above map) by the church of Santa Maria then continue up the hill and visit the 👉  old Fortress - Fortezza - (3 on the above map) built in 1200 in the highest part of the town. After a thorough renovation it hosts now the Association of the Wine Producers and offer an incredible tasting room and a beautiful panoramic garden overlooking the surrounding valleys, especially at sunset. You can taste there the wine from the most important local wineries and get many information about the the wine world including arranging further visit t