There were really two reasons for us to visit this city. One was Rosso di Montalcino, the other Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Both are hearty Italian reds. We were interested in taking in the old Etruscan and Roman history and architecture along the way.

We enjoyed the city and had a glass of Vino di Nobile with a simple salad and Margherita Pizza at lunch at a small little shop in the Piazza Grande. It was a tasty, enjoyable lunch. Fortunately we were under an awning because we were treated to a brief cloud burst which cleaned the cobblestone. It also made it a bit slippery.

We were right next to Palazzo Communale shown here. It looks like others in Florence because Florence dominated the city (and the area) for a couple of hundred years. The crenellations on the roof facade are normally built to hide soldiers. In this case they were just to symbolize power.

From our table we looked at the Duomo (they ran out of money before they could finish the facade).

Here is another, really small non-descript church – Chiesa Gesu. It was as drab as this picture seems. We almost passed it by completely.

But then we walked inside. It was beautiful. It just reinforces – it is what is on the inside that counts. It was certainly darker inside than this photo suggests (ASA 6400) but quite glorious nonetheless.

One Response to “Montepulciano”

  1. Paul says:

    This is a very timely post…

    I just got a newsletter from one of my favorite small vineyards in California informing me of the release of their first harvest of Montepulciano from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma (Unti 2006 Montepulciano, 120 cases). However, I didn’t know (or recall) prior to Unti’s newsletter that Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (the wine) wasn’t made with Montepulciano (the grape variety) at all. The wine is made with Sangiovese. And, the grape is actually best found in wines from Abruzzo and Le Marche, not Montepulciano.

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