Section Event Program

Exploring the Cultural Patrimony of Tuscany -

Wine, Food, Architecture:  An Italy Section event 

Montepulciano, Italy

August 25 - 27, 2017

Please note:

Due to the limited visitor capacity at some venues, registration must be capped at 40 members and their guests.

AIA CES learning units for full event registration: 13.5 (to be confirmed) 

Friday, August 25, 2017

14:00 – Bus Departs Florence for those not driving

15:00 - Tour of Cantina Antinori by Archea Associates, located near Florence

17:00 - Bus Leave for Montepulciano

19:00 - Opening reception

21:00 - Dinner in a local contrada

Saturday, August 26, 2017

9:30 - Opening session. With Medici Patronage, the noble families of Montepulciano engage some of the finest architects of the 16th century to trans­form a Medieval Tuscan Hill town into the “Pearl of the Renaissance”

10:30 - Coffee break

10:45 - Walking tour of the oldest part of Montepul­ciano Piazza Grande and Upper town

12:45 - Light Lunch

13:30 - Continue walking tour

14:00 - Project presentation and site visit. Fortezza Restoration/Adaptive Reuse Project

16:30 - Walking tour of lower Montepulciano with visits to a couple of historic buildings and wine cellars / tasting rooms

18:30 - Break

19:30 - Reception at home of Section Chair Royce Lanier

Sample older wines from the wine cellar

21:00 – ‘Gala’ Dinner (casual) at a local restaurant

Sunday, August 27,  2017

9:30 - Morning Coffee/Pastries at Caffé Politziano

11:00 – Site Visit to Small Residential Project

12:30 – Tour San Biagio, Renaissance Masterpiece of Antonio da Sangallo the Elder

13:30 – End of Planned Program


On your own In Montepulciano – Come Early – Stay Late

Spend all or part of the day in Montepulciano. This is the final day of a festival week in town with activities all day.


Program is subject to change.

The above is a preliminary version of the conference program.  AIA Europe reserves the right to make minor changes in the final version due to circumstances beyond its control.


Conference Organizer – Royce LaNier, AIA, Italy Section Director

With assistance from Section Members Steve Scamihorn, AIA (and his family)

And local professionals Arch. Riccardo Pizzinelli and Eileen FitzGerald


Registration opens on June 1, 2017. 

The language of the conference is English. 

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Please direct questions to Royce LaNier, AIA :