Looking Out From Montepulciano

Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy

There are stunning vistas aplenty throughout the Val d’Orcia region of Tuscany. Montepulciano was the second stop on our drive from Rome to Siena, and the view from this lookout was among the best we saw during our week in Italy. It was certainly worth the long uphill climb from the car park. So many of the quaint hilltop towns have car-free centres, and due to their geography there simply isn’t any other way to reach the sights other than on foot. But generally the tougher the climb, the greater the reward.

As we continued on our journey through the rolling hills there seemed to be a new town on the horizon at every turn. If I had the time I would endeavour to visit every last one of them. This region of Italy really has absolutely everything. Incredible beauty in its landscapes, buckets of charm in its towns alongside food and wine to die for. It’s undoubtedly my favourite non-mountainous region in Europe. I would return in a heartbeat!

Have you visited Montepulciano? Or any other Tuscan hilltop town? Which is your favourite? Have you driven through the Val d’Orcia? I’d love to hear from you!

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21 thoughts on “Looking Out From Montepulciano

  1. ajshannon2014

    Hi there! What a view you got from that point, it’s lovely. I have been to Italy before too and while I stayed there, I visited Assisi (I don’t actually know what region it is in, but I’m sure you have heard it. The heat was unbelievable and I remember looking down at the plains for miles through heatwaves. Italy is such an incredible place.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Hello! That sounds fantastic, although not so keen on the intense heat! Did you visit in the summer time? I think Assisi is in the Umbria region of Italy to the east of Val d’Orcia. Whenever we next visit I’d like to explore that side of the country. I don’t think you can really go wrong in Italy, it’s incredible wherever you go! Thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

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      1. ajshannon2014

        Yes, I visited in the summer. It was so hot, but that didn’t take from it, it added to it I think! I just remember buying a 2ltr bottle of water and not caring what the price was going to be! Luckily it was reasonable, we visited a chapel dedicated to Francis of Assisi as well which I really enjoyed πŸ™‚

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  2. kinseydrake

    I visited Montepulciano about 3 years ago and it was breathtaking! We also stopped in Pienza which had some lovely restaurants and views, and I also had a great time in Sienna. Tuscany is one of my favorite places on earth!

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    1. Ben Post author

      We stopped off in Pienza too, there are so many great towns in Val d’Orcia. The hardest part is deciding which ones to leave out of your visit! We were staying just north of Siena so had some time to explore that area. I have to say we were thankful for the escalators that help you get up to the town from the car park!

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  3. suej

    Lovely shot of the rooftops, Ben. I got one or three great shots of rooves from travels in Tuscany, but not as many as I would have liked. Favourite places in Tuscany include Siena, Lucca, the ruined abbey of San Galgano, the whole Val d’Orcia…. We stayed in San Quirico d’Orcia, and I spent yonks taking images of the landscape of the Crete Senesi. And Bagno Vignoni is the most wonderful little hamlet. Shall I go on?

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    1. Ben Post author

      Haha, please do Sue! We didn’t make it to Luca or San Quirico d’Orcia, we’ll have to make them a priority next time. I’d like to stay somewhere actually in Val d’Orcia on our next visit. On this trip we were staying just north of Siena, so I didn’t get anywhere as much time with these landscapes as I would have liked. The landscapes further north were still fantastic, but there was a special something about Val d’Orcia I can’t quite put my finger on.

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      1. suej

        Totally agree…it is gorgeous. We stayed (in 2009) at the most fabulous (well I thought so!) boutique hotel, Palazzo del Capitano in San Quirico …

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        1. Ben Post author

          Looks like a great place! And nice to be in a town so you have a variety of restaurants to choose from. We were staying just north of Siena at the Villa il Castagno. I would stay there again in a heartbeat!

  4. Max510

    Ciao Ben !
    I love Tuscany, my favourite italian region… It’s the heart of our culture !
    Quote Suej for the best places, but it’s really very difficult to say which is the best places in Tuscany.
    Max

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    1. Ben Post author

      Hi Max! It does feel quintessentially Italian, from the towns to the landscapes and the food. Bellissimo! There are just too many good spots to chose from, I can’t wait to return some day and see so much more. Driving through your country makes me wish I was Italian!

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      1. Max510

        Oh… It’s difficult to be an Italian today…
        Not too much things to be proud of this…
        Our politicians are the worst in Europe and they rappresent us, we have voted them, so I think we are like them…
        So, we just love beautiful things and hope that they don’t destroy even those …

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  5. Cindi

    Montalcino is “my” Tuscan hilltop paradise – we stayed there for a couple weeks in 2007. But my day visit to Montepulciano was just as gorgeous, and your photo captures it.

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    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Cindi. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to Montalcino on this visit, I hear they have some very good wine there? Although there is great wine everywhere of course! Brunello di Montalcino I think it’s called. What was it in particular about the town that made it your favourite?

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      1. Cindi

        The people and that Brunello. πŸ˜‰ There’s also a Rosso di Montalcino, which is excellent and not as expensive, and it goes well with our “every day” Italian creations (my husband and I love to cook).

        But for special occasions, we hunt for a properly aged Brunello. (I have 4 bottles of 2004 stored in a family member’s wine cellar in the States … just waiting for us.) πŸ™‚

        Montalcino is actually my husband’s favorite part of the world, other than his beloved Norway; he’s been many times in his life. We’ve only gotten there once since we got married, and we stayed at his regular B&B. We’d day trip, and come back to Montalcino to relax in the evenings. Oh the Tuscany light, landscape, and sunsets! I can’t wait to go back.

        What made *you* choose Montepulciano?

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        1. Ben Post author

          I’ve not heard of the Rosso, but I like the sound of that. Especially that it’s not as expensive πŸ™‚ Seems you have quite a nice collection there!

          I’m not sure I’d say Montepulciano was my favourite of the towns we visited. I think there was something about Pienza that grabbed me a little more, but I can’t put my finger on what it was. We stayed just north of Siena and only passed through the Val d’Orcia towns without staying for more than a few hours. I’d love to spend some more time there so I can really decide which is the best! And of course go to Montalcino since it has been so highly recommended πŸ™‚

    1. Ben Post author

      Thanks Sreejith, there are so many great views like this all over Tuscany. I love the texture of the roof tops in this shot. Glad you noticed them too!

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  6. twoblackdoggies

    Wonderful shot, I love the view over the rooftops in the smaller towns. We never made it to Montepulciano but it is on the list for our next visit, along with numerous other Italian destinations πŸ™‚

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    1. Ben Post author

      We have lots of places on our list for next time too. There are just too many towns to visit! I hope you make it to Montepulciano πŸ™‚

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