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Montepulciano is an old Tuscan town, which is justly considered to be “the pearl of the XVI century”. It appeared much earlier, but has preserved its medieval look. Guests of the town meet magnificent Renaissance constructions, for example San Biadgio Church or the Palaceof Contucci (Palazzo Contucci). The Palace of the Commune (Palazzo Communale) is located on the central square, Piazza Grande. Its appearance alludes you to the Palace of Veccio in Florence. The resemblance is not a coincidence. Florence has governed Montepulciano since the end of the XIV century. There is the Cathedral close to the Palace. It's worth drawing your attention to the gothic triptych, created by Taddeo di Bartollo. The historical part of the town is surrounded by the curtain wall.

One more attraction is local wine, which brought fame to the town. Its name is Vino Nobile di Montepulciano; it has a fine, a bit harsh taste, almost the same as the main Tuscan wine “Chianti”. You can enjoy this great wine at some wine shop or sampling center. There are plenty of them in Montepulciano. The slogan «Degustazione libera» invites you to taste wine on the house. However, a full lunch or dinner will be rather expensive, but the quality of cuisine, service, and local atmosphere are definitely worth it.


The Festival of the Thrush in Montalcino 2012
The festival of the thrush or Sagra del Tordo is held in the old Tuscan town of Montalcino on the last October weekend. Thousands of tourists go to Montalcino while the festival. If you want to see the festival of the thrush, you should take care of accommodation in Montalcino in advance. It’s better to come a bit earlier for the festival. On the day of the competition, you will have to leave your car far away in the valley and walk a couple of kilometers up. Don’t forget to ask your landlords to help you buy tickets for the ceremonial dinner and the tournament.
Tuscany: Gastronomic Festivals in October
Towns and villages of Tuscany hold various gastronomic festivals regularly from May to October. These events are dedicated to some product or dish typical for this area. Usually such festivals are organized on days-off. Sometimes they last for a couple of weekends. Fairs are often combined with diverse entertainment program. The October of 2011 offers a number of gastronomic events in Tuscany.
Tarot Garden
The Tarot garden as a work of art is a combination of landscape design, sculpture and architecture. The garden is located on the southern slope of the Garavicchio hill in the Tuscan Maremma, a few kilometers away from the town of Capalbio. The Franko-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle created it.