La Falconara is located in the Comune of Montepulciano (township), a fairly large town of Etruscan origin, which lived a period of great splendour during the medieval age and the Renaissance.
Right after Tarquinio the Superb was chased away from Rome in the year 319 BC, the Etruscan king Porsenna (also the 8th and last king of Rome) founded the city of Montepulciano. As the Medieval and later the Renaissance period passed on, more the second than the first, both ages left little traces of the Etruscan-Roman civilization. Beginning the seventh century this city appears constantly in the history of the Province of Siena. Important historians, both Italian and foreign, frequently write about the city.
Because the nearby hilltop towns of Chiusi and Cortona are also important Etruscan centres, all around Montepulciano and in other parts of the province, you may find Etruscan tombs and walls..., and two museums completely dedicated to their culture and their artisan objects (see Chiusi and Volterra). A little further away in Saturnia and Tarquinia, many are the archaeological settlements, some very important.
It is an elegant town, no doubt, and geographically very well located: one hour's drive from Siena, Arezzo, Orvieto and Perugia, and of course much closer to the beautiful Pienza, Monticchiello, San Quirico, and Montalcino, and therefore the whole Val d'Orcia (Orcia River Valley, a National Park, Patrimony of Humanity). Chiusi and CittÃ della Pieve are located South, and going Eastward you find Lucignano and Cortona, and Lake Trasimeno. Not to count the many abbeys, important monasteries, and early churches. For further information, please visit the Website www.comune.montepulciano.siena.it.
There are small and larger theatres, of which the Poliziano Theatre of the 17th century is the most important. Then also the Fortezza, an antique fortress which used to make part of the Castellum Politianum, and others more recent like the Macelli Pubblici and the Cantinonearte theatres. Plus the Music Academy of Koln in the Palazzo Ricci, near the Main Square (Piazza Grande) which offers several concert seasons. All are open practically all year for concerts, assai cinemas, theatre and opera. Among the most important events of Montepulciano is the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte the second half of July, where many new and promising artists and their compositions are presented in a world ante prima.
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