A competitive nocturnal Urban Trail
Friday 5 October 2018
Start and finish: Piazza Grande - 7 Km
Departure is from Piazza Grande, the "main square" of Montepulciano. We proceed to the Fortress, with its small but very nice Italian garden. From here, a second step from the Piazza Grande, turn into via Talosa, then in via Ricci. Through Via Piè del Sasso on to via del Teatro, where you find the beautiful Teatro Poliziano (1 km).
You exit the countryside from Porta delle Farine, which offers splendid views of the Val di Chiana, but it goes back now to a path with steps leading into via dell'Opio. We pass in front of the famous and historic bar Café Poliziano and continue to go down to San Cristofano, cross Piazza delle Erbe in the direction of Via delle Coste (2 Km ). After another 550 m. downhill, you arrive in front of the church of San Biagio which is surrounded by cypress trees (3 Km)..
Now begins the long stretch of Via San Pietro climb back to the town under the Tower of Pulcinella, through via Ruga di Mezzo, the Marzocco column and exit at Porta al Prato to go towards Poggiofanti gardens. Here you cross the perimeter of Piazza Don Minzoni. Going up the stairs of the Ciliano alley, we get back to the town passing the Cellars. Here we are again at the heart of the historical center, in via Gracciano nel Corso; and from here starts a fairly difficult part: the one between Via del Macellino, vicolo dell'Unione and the Poggiolo square (6 Km).
This takes you back to the square dell'Erbe and continue via Voltaia in Corso leaving it and catching it through the adjacent lanes, to Via degli Orti and Via della Spiaggia , a walkway that leads to the parking lot of the Target crossing via the Philosophers (7 km) and with a passage from the excavation park overlooking San Biagio and other pedestrian route leading to Gate Collazzi. Last tiring kilometer entirely repaid by the internal passage to the Cantina de 'Ricci and finish in Piazza Grande.
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