Montepulciano is a town in the province of Siena in Tuscany and is located on a hill 600 meters above sea level, between the Val di Chiana and Val d'Orcia.
Montepulciano has origins from the Etruscans, it is famous for the richness of the vineyards from which we can obtain the famous of Vino Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG.
The most frequent image that links to Montepulciano is one of his country, of its old town with the temple at the foot of San Biagio but in general it is the image of a landscape graced by the clever man that is in harmony with the natural environment.
The rural urbanization coexists with old towns and wonderful works of art, all set in an agricultural landscape, highly specialized. Our thoughts turn naturally to the rolling hills covered with olive trees and vineyards, and the Val di Chiana, recovered from the great works of restoration of the Grand Ducal.
In this area of south eastern Tuscany, are mixed forests of pines, oaks and chestnut trees, with a sandy-storey sandstone cultivated clayey undulations and plains A homogeneous territory that over time has developed its own characteristic rural, today much appreciated by tourists who, eager for a place to rest, choose this municipality.
This area lying midway between Florence and Rome is a perfect destination to visit.
Montepulciano is famous for its festival:
the barrel race through the (XIV century) is the challenge which takes place every year in Montepulciano between 8 Contrade of Montepulciano (Cagnano, Collazzi Gracciano, Le Coste, Poggiolo, San Donato, Talosa, Voltaia), the last Sunday of August in honor of St. John the Beheaded.
Originally the Bravio, as well as the most famous Palio of Siena, had run with the horses. Later, towards the end of the seventeenth century, it was suppressed for reasons of public order.
The race takes place along the main streets of the city: two pushers push a barrel weighing 80 kg. for the route, about 1700 meters. Arrival is located on the Piazza Grande, the cathedral square of Montepulciano.
Conducting keeps traditions originate with Heralded and Branding focus of the barrels.
It begins in the afternoon the historical procession along the streets: a color space with characters in period costume, drummers and flag bearers.
The town of Montepulciano is very active and alive thanks to the International Art Workshop which offers numerous cultural events. The site was created in cooperation Free of great artists who produce shows with the participation of many inhabitants.
Its implementation has added the responsibility to continue the long tradition of the Institute of Music, now branch of the Educational Foundation, the teaching of musical instruments and singing to propose individual and collective results of great impact on the development and progress of local culture.
This place has a special relationship with the film in fact many films were shot in the villages and in the countryside of Montepulciano, the most famous are The English Patient (1996) and New Moon, Twilight (2009).