August 8, 2011

Destination: Montepulciano, Italy

One of my favorite stops during our Tuscan road trip was Montepulciano, Italy.  This medieval hilltop town completely stole my heart!  The streets are so narrow that I was nervous riding in our Fiat Panda through the small corridors.  We had the most incredible views of the countryside from our hotel room.  We arrived right at sunset and had the opportunity to see the most magical sunset!  After sundown, we wandered through wine cellars and cheese cellars.  We bought cheese and cured meats for road snacks for the next day.  Montepulciano has the most beautiful ceramics and copper wares.  Of course, how could you not mention the wine?!  Montepulciano is home to Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, d'Abrezzo Montepulciano, and the young, yet incredibly tasty, Rosso. (I have even recently added a Rose from the region into my summer wine rotation!)

One of the more exciting finds in this town was when we realized that New Moon was set in Voltaire, Italy, but filmed in Montepulciano.  Then, we discovered that RPatz and KStew not only stayed in our hotel, but in our exact room!  The small hotel was within feet of the center of the town and a perfect location for them to post up before and after shooting.

View from our hotel room.

View of the valley from the edge of the town.

Agritourismos in the distance!

I love the warm colors of the sky set against the cool colors of the hills below

Duomo - The pope wouldn't allow a lot of the hill towns to finish the construction of their duomos since the structures represented allegiance to the town and not to the church as a whole

Palazzo Tarugi

Palazzo Comunale - This should definitely remind you of New Moon!

Cantina Contucci - We did a quick tasting here and bought some bottles of wine.

Wine barrels in the cellars

The winding roads at night

We found the cutest mechanic sweeping out his shop.  Eric thought his dad would love to see these pics.  We had a very strained conversation in Italian.  He wanted to know so much about Eric's family's Harley Davidsons.  I should have spent more time with my Rosetta Stone!!

He was so sweet and welcoming.  I was surprised to see an Oklahoma plate.  He loved finding out that I was from there!!

Steep and narrow streets in Montepulciano

Pictures of the New Moon mania in and around our hotel

RPatz leaving the front door of our hotel!

Inside the Duomo

Just down the hill is The Sanctuary of San Biagio

View of Montepulciano from the bottom of the hill

Inside The Sanctuary of San Biagio

We had the best time in Montepulciano!  I don't think I'll ever see another town quite like it.  In my next post, I'll share our very special Valentine's Day dinner with you and talk about the importance of Slow Food to Italians.

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