Often what fascinates us most is what our eyes cannot see ..
Along the fifteenth century’s monumental way, the historic center of Montepulciano reveals its secrets showing a treasure which is not seen, but there it is: the Underground City. Under the noble Tarugi, Avignonesi, Del Pecora and Batignani palaces relives the evocative gothic – renaissance atmosphere, with his passages, the fresh burrows, hidden crypts and descents made of stone stairs. In many wineries that make up the path to the underground city you will meet oak barrels of various sizes, small fountains, two authentic Etruscan tombs, the cells where the Ghibellines fugitives found refuge, workshops and ancient wells .. tradition has it that you throw coins in for the fortune!
The Ercolani family, since ever admirer of art and history, has also recreated 3 small museums. Here are relics related to the history of the wineries and the art of viticulture, fossils and old instruments of torture.
History and taste know how to create a unique harmony.
Dipped in the continuous flow of time the barrels guard the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Vin Santo DOC, which here complete the delicate process of aging.
Within the historical cellars of the underground city can be arranged on request tastings of typical local products such as pecorino, olive oil, meats and truffles coming from farms, olive groves and truffle preserve of Ercolani a.c. Imagine yourself tasting the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano in shiny glass goblets, within the breath-taking atmosphere of ancient hidden rooms, where already in 1400 the richness of the wine was jealously guarded.
The tastings can be arranged for up to 150 people, occupying every area of the path.
At the exit from the underground city you will be greeted by a small free tasting of specialties displayed in the store, where you can take in the purchases of local products throughout the day.Useful informations
– The guided tour of the underground city can be organized for small and large groups and has an average duration of 20 minutes.
– Located in the historical center of the town, the location is easily accessible on foot or by car, given the proximity of convenient parking.
– Delivery of the goods at the car.
– Admission is free.
– Time and opening days: every day of the year, except for Christmas, from 8:00 to 22:00
– For further informations: tel and fax 0578 716764 or contact Simone at 338 8895084