|Ivy covered arches|
|Looking over the countryside from the top of the town|
|Another view from the top of the hill|
|One of the 2 gates to the city|
ABOUT THE TOWN - Montepulciano is a medieval and Renaissance hill town and comune in the Italian province of Siena in southern Tuscany. It's located at the entry of the state of Florence, 77 miles (124 kilometers) southeast of Florence, and 116 miles (186 kilometers) north of Rome by car.
|A picturesque stone walkway|
WHAT IS THE TOWN FAMOUS FOR? Montepulciano is a major producer of food and drink. Renowned for its pork, cheese, "pici" pasta, lentils, and honey, it is known world-wide for its wine. Connoisseurs consider its Vino Nobile, which should not be confused with varietal wine merely made from the Montepulciano grape, among Italy's best.
|The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie (late 16th century)|
FAST FACT - The town is under historic protection for architecture and culture.
|There were flowers to brighten up corners and windows|
FLOWERS EVERYWHERE - One charming aspect of this town was the small displays of flowers all over - windows, sidewalks, and everywhere they could put them. They brightened up the stone that made up the entire town.
|Looking at the top of Montepulciano's hill|
NEXT: THE WINDOWS OF MONTEPULCIANO