Bonjourno! Welcome to the splendid countryside familiar to all as Tuscany. Truly, you will find the hills unroll to reveal vineyards & rows of sunflowers for you, winding & dipping & spilling over with beauty. Montepulciano works well as a home base for you to explore the vast Tuscan countryside, including Florence & Siena. As our time was limited, we chose to simply ramble through this charming Renaissance town. Here’s my Top 3 Must-Do items when in Montepulciano:
1. Eat authentic Italian pizza.
So maybe this doesn’t necessarily fall under a totally Tuscan absolute, but seriously, you better devour some pizza when in Italy. We just happened to take part in this pleasurable experience while in Montepulciano. The crust is thin & fluffy (not like the cracker type offered in St. Louis) & the cheese is rich in flavor while the sauce is the freshest I’ve ever tried. I struggle with finding homeland pizza that stands up to it.
2. Sample the wine of Tuscany.
Vino Nobile is the pride of Tuscan wine. The deep reds featured here are all DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita), which means they come from a protected geographical location & are produced with the highest level of quality. In other words, these wines are 100% authentic in origin. The wine is aged in oak barrels for a couple of years (or more, if it is a reserve). Sign up for a sample session & you’ll get 6 samples, including a few from reserve bottles. Soon, you too will understand the many awards lining the walls of this tavern-like building.
3. Put on your best pair of walking shoes & stroll the streets of the walled medieval city, Montepulciano.
The stony streets of this Tuscan town are utterly gorgeous, from the narrow alleyways that provide a peek of the rolling hills just beyond to the grand churches & colorful shops. Stop off at the Piazza Grande a Montepulciano for excellent cuisine, wine (featured above) & beautiful historical sites to explore. It truly is easy to imagine living la dolce vita in a place like this. Can’t you just see Sophia Loren leaning out one of these flowered windows or balconies?
The sun-baked Tuscan town of Montepulciano is one to add to your wanderlust wish list. Come back Monday to learn about the historic farmhouse we stayed in & highly recommend! Till then, ciao!