This blog is dedicated to all guests staying at Stuart View Apartments and other GoMontepulciano properties. We constantly report interesting facts, suggestions, useful addresses, cultural and art events taking place in Montepulciano and surrounding area from a local point of view. Stay tuned.
August 6th 2020 Concert in the Fortress
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.
The following is a partial and "ongoing" list of recommended restaurants in central Montepulciano. The ones under the city center section are all reachable by short walk from the Stuart View Apartments:
CITY CENTER (within the city walls) OSTERIA "GATTAVECCHI" Via di Collazzi, 74 - by Santa Maria Church. Tel +39 0578 757110. www.gattavecchi.it ($)($$)(Informal/Dressy)(Traditional&Creative). Always open for lunch in Summer. Closed for dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays. Closing times may change with the season. Located by the historic cellar of the Gattavecchi winery, it boasts one of the best sunset terraces, and an amazing dining room (former monastery's refectory) with access to the underground cellars. Simple but outstanding menu based on traditional recipes with an exotic touch (Lilian, the chef is Brazilian). The wines are those produced by the winery. OSTERIA "ACQUACHETA" Via del Teatro, 22. Tel +39 0578 71086. www.acquacheta.eu ($)($$)(Informal/Tr…
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:
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 to wine…
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.