Montepulciano does not slow down in winter. This is the best time of the year for unique activities Here some of our favorite!
OUTDOOR ACTIVITYforget the gloomy winter scenario, Tuscany hills region can offer splendid days with dramatic views like the one below. Brisk morning walks will reward you with the beauty of the landscapes, dramatic skies, great pictures and a good excuse to indulge with another winter treat: food!
|view of the hills and valleys in a typical winter morning from Montepulciano|
FOOD SCENEOK cherry season is over but for the foodies visiting this part of Tuscany may be even better as it is the only time of the year where you can get some delicatessen. Truffles first but also mushrooms and venison, turnip greens (with sausages), kale (in Ribollita soup), boar (stewed with olives) and the omnipresent freshly-pressed olive oil (bruschetta!). All restaurants in Montepulciano are open during November and December months and boasting best season recipes. Some will close for annual vacation between mid January and mid March but there is always plenty of choice within and outside the town.
|lightly cured beef with tartufo bianco (winter white truffle)|
CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIESfrom the end of November to the beginning of January, every weekend in Montepulciano is cheered up with a lovely Christmas market with lights, stalls selling season and local produces, music, mulled wine... and all this set in a beautiful Renaissance background, what more! Oh by the way, even Santa left the Pole to settle in the city Fort. (More info on: http://www.nataleamontepulciano.it/)
|Piazza grande and surrounding streets with festive lights and wooden stalls|
NEW YEAR EVE IN MONTEPULCIANOmost of the town's restaurants design a special "capodanno menu" with their best recipes, needless to say to reserve well in advance. After dinner everyone gather in the main square by the gigantic bonfire (lit from the afternoon) to share wine, dance and wishes for the new year.
|the bonfire in Montepulciano is lit in the 31 December and lasts 24h|
RELAX AND SPAsneed to recover after the festivities or simply wish to treat yourself plunging in healthy mineral-rich water heated by mother-earth? Well just pick up one of the many hot-spring pool and Spas near Montepulciano. Enjoy a cold sunset or a rainy day in swimming wear.
|Rapolano terme, one of the many open hot spring of the region|