Montepulciano is a medieval town that sits high atop a ridge that overlooks our magical Valley.
A patchwork of vineyards, olive groves and fields of sunflowers surround this walled town, which is entered by foot through one of 7 gates. It was built for humans, not cars, since the streets are just wide enough to conduct daily business, the evening promenade and the many festive processions. All the roads eventually lead into the magnificent Piazza Grande, the central meeting place for the whole town. Under the town is a warren of cellars that house thousands of oak barrels where the world renowned local wines, Rosso di Montepulciano and its more elegant cousin, the Nobili di Montepulciano, wait their turn to be bottled.
This is our local village and just a short stroll from Villa Reniella.
You won’t find this 13th century medieval village on the typical tourist itinerary. It is perched high on a wooded hill, with views that span as far as Cortona, Lake Trasimeno and the hills of Umbria. It is surrounded by imposing walls, built centuries ago to protect itself from attacks from neighbouring towns and invading armies. Although small, this village boasts
5 towers, three stone gates,
several ancient churches, a castle and a monastery but best of all,
a village café where the world seems to hang out on a warm summer evening.
You reach Pienza along winding roads surrounded by undulating hills, ruins, castles, hilltop towns
and rows of cypress trees. Pienza
is the Jewel of the Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is best known for its incredible views, its Pecorino cheese and as the birthplace of Pope Pius II. It was
this Pope who inspired a radical reconstruction of the town in the second half of the 15th century
at the height of the Renaissance.
In a remarkably short time he transformed a simple village into
an architectural masterpiece.
But it is the sweeping views
from the town’s walls that are
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