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Montepulciano is a city in Tuscany famous for its wines, especially the classic red wine Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. The town has gained notability from being used as a location for the Twilight films. Montepulciano is one of many Medieval towns dotting the Tuscan countryside in the southeast of the Italian province of Siena. It sits on a limestone ridge surrounded by the rolling hills of the Val D'Orcia and of the Val Chiana regions characteristic of towns in the area.

Montepulciano is known especially for its red wine made from Sangiovese grapes, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Its local wine is traditionally considered one of Italy's best red wines and was lauded by the poet Francesco Redi as "the king of all wines!" (Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, on the other hand, is a varietal wine that is not made here, but in Abruzzo.)Montepulciano is also known for food such as pici pasta and pecorino cheese. 

It is said to have been settled first by the Etruscans. The town was fought over by Sienese and Florentines during the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Finally in the 1500s, it came firmly under Florentine rule. Today, the town is known as an epicurean destination and many visit to sample the local wine and cuisine.

- Wikivoyage

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