Italy, Montepulciano Guide (B): A Day in Montepulciano, Italy

A Day in Montepulciano, Italy
My tennis partner Ann organized a girls trip to Tuscany. Ten of us came from near and far. Some arrived in Italy early; others arrived the day we were transported to Tuscany from Rome. With the exception of Mary, most of us enjoyed a smooth arrival to Rome not counting the deluge of water falling from the sky!

We took two vans to Il Colombaio, our villa on the border of Tuscany and Umbria. We settled in for a lovely evening of food and drinks and prepared for our first full day in Tuscany in Montepulciano.

Montepulciano is a medieval and Renaissance town that sits atop a 2,000 foot limestone ridge in southern Tuscany. It is renowned for its pici pasta and Vino Nobile wine. Our drivers delivered us directly to its Piazza Grande formed in the typical medieval fashion with a church, the city hall, and a wealthy man’s residence with a portico below for socializing and doing business. On a side note, the FREE public bathrooms were nearby (a nice change from the Amalfi Coast).

The church which borders the square is called the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and is also known as the Duomo of Montepulciano as it is the most important church in the town. Here is a link to an interesting article discussing the difference in Italian Church names: chiesa, basilica, catedrale, and duomo: Is it a church or a cathedral?

After looking around the square, we visited Rameria Cesare Mazzetti. Rameria means copper smith, and Cesare is a famous one. He hand makes a variety ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: A Day in Montepulciano, Italy
Guide Location: Italy » Montepulciano
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Piazza Grande   Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta   Rameria Cesare Mazzetti   Città Sotterranea   Ristorante la Grotta   Chiesa di San Biagio  
Author: Elizabeth Bankhead
Read it on author's website: https://adventuresofacouchsurfer.com/2017/09/25/a-day-in-montepulciano-italy/