A fifteenth-century jewel
The Palazzo Comunale di Montepulciano opens onto Piazza Grande and dates back to the 14th century. Work was completed in 1440 when the Florentine-style facade attributed to the architect Michelozzo Michelozzi was completed. In the center stands the Civic Tower.
The ground floor is clad in burgundy, the upper part in travertine, and the Guelph battlement completes the construction. It is so similar to the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence that visitors are amazed. It was not a plagiarism but a precise request of Cosimo I of the Medici.
You can climb the terrace and the top of the tower to enjoy the view from the top of Piazza Grande but, letting your eyes wander further away, also over the Valdichiana and Val d 'Orcia. Don't miss the inner courtyard. It is fourteenth-century, it houses an ancient well, two frescoed lodges and a collection of tombstones that recall the history of the country and its prominent characters.