Welcome to part due (two) of our journey to the lovely Montepulciano! If you missed part one featuring the gorgeous doors of this Tuscan village, click here.
By the way, as I was writing this, I discovered this absolutely lovely illustration that I had to share.
Ok, back to Montepulciano. This awe-inspiring Medieval and Renaissance hill-town is a must-see when traveling to Tuscany. It isn't possible to get there by train, so a rental car, bus or taxi is a must.
The views are outrageous!
Everywhere you look is like a scene out of a film...an Italian film.
We enjoyed wandering all the alleys and exploring the shops filled to the brim with Tuscan Cinghiale (or wild boar), salami, and robust wine and cheeses. They are famous for their Vino Nobile wine and hand-rolled Pici pasta, and barely-grilled Chianina T-Bone Steaks. You will not be disappointed with the tantalizing food that Montepulciano has to offer...
My family and I spent several afternoons trekking around, testing caffe' after caffe', shop after shop, meeting the locals, trying their foods, sipping their wines and perking up from their caffeinated works of art.
We toured a winery that has been in the same family for over a thousand years...
...and we learned to make a real Italian cappuccino from a fabulous woman named Lina! We visited her caffe' daily and she was delighted to share her advice with us!
The city-center is striking and a perfect place to sit on some old steps and soak up the culture of this exquisite town.
Keep your eyes peeled for ancient details scattered around the streets and buildings.
Montepulciano is also a fabulous place to get some shopping done! Their displays were beautifully put together, as well!
Click the image below to see the doors of Montepulciano!
If you are looking for a place that is quaint, charming, full of photo opportunities and loaded with good food and wine, do Montepulciano and skip Cortona.
If you are interested in staying in an old Tuscan Palace (which is more like a very grand enormous home) click here.
I highly recommend the Vino Nobile, cinghiale and Pici pasta. If you are interested in trying the rare Chianina steaks, be sure to make reservations in advance!
Be blessed and live beautifully!