With my summer holiday memories still whirling around joyfully in my head, I just had to write about another beautiful town in Tuscany that we were lucky enough to visit when we holidayed in Italy this summer. Recommended to us by the lovely staff at Norcenni Girasole Camping Village, Montepulciano, with its steeped history, definitely didn’t disappoint. Just over an hours drive away from where we were staying, this picturesque medieval hill town was perfect for strolling around, drinking frothy cappuccinos and soaking up all the bellissima Italian atmosphere.
We particularly loved wandering through the winding, cobbled streets, gazing at all the fabulous bijous shop fronts and stopping for a delicious gelato or two. The brightly coloured flags which lined and decorated the streets, looked so majestic swaying gently in the light breeze, almost taking us back in time to a different era.
Culture vultures would also love it here, as until October this year, there is the Leonardo Da Vinci: Visions exhibition held in the centre of Montepulciano, which features reproductions of some of Da Vinci’s projects and also includes a full-size reconstruction of the equestrian monument, which was just amazing.
This town isn’t just a pretty place though, it was also used as the location for the filming of The Twilight Saga New Moon scenes. Even though in the books, the home of the powerful Volturi is set in Volterra, the actual filming was shot in Montepulciano, due to its stunning views of the surrounding countryside and the charming, quintessential Tuscan atmosphere. The Piazza Grande, with the famous clock tower is simply amazing to see as well as other spectacular sights and even though there isn’t an actual fountain in the centre of the square, as seen in the film, it is still an impressive sight and well worth the visit, especially if you are a Twilight fan. We didn’t get the chance to visit the actual town Volterra this year, but it’s definitely on our list for next time.
After we had fully accomplished our own Twilight tour, which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone (especially our eldest daughter) and we had all satisfied our cravings for yet more gelato, it was time to head off back to our camping village to enjoy a nice glass of Chianti.
I would wholeheartedly recommend visiting Montepulciano, as we were so pleased we got the chance to experience this wonderful place ourselves and as for the Volturi, well, you never know who or what might be lurking around the corner next time.
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