A Day in Montepulciano, Tuscany

May 12

We’re on a slow ramble around Tuscany with two nights in Montepulciano, one of the prettiest of the Tuscan hill towns. Also one of the steepest, we’ve determined, after visiting others such as Siena, Montecchiello and Pienza.

Montepulciano is famous for its palaces around the main square, its unfinished church (they ran our of money in the 1500s and never put the marble facade on it) and the ruby red Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.

Scenes below were taken on May 11 and 12 during our explorations of this fascinating town.

The skyline of Montepulciano, settled in the 6th century, seen from my room at the country inn where we are staying

The Municipio or town hall with the Saturday morning flea market in progress

An old man says hello to a fat cat along the main street

A not so secret passage into the town

Our guest George Then tasting Brunello di Montalcino

A Jack o'the Bell still working after several centuries.He strikes the bell with a mallet held in his right hand.

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