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Travel Blogs from Montepulciano
... are also done if the beautiful hand painted and written books on display in glass cabinets dating from the fifteenth century.
Next we went to the museum, inside were some wonderful paintings, the highlight was the wooden panels that made up a screen for the cathedrals alter depicting the Passion if Christ. From this museum we climbed the 80 or so steps to the viewing gallery, there were great views across the rooftops.
... all the dogs here are well looked after, we haven't seen any strays wandering about. We have also noticed a lot of women in Italy wear real fur coats, it's something we don't see any more in the UK. I have to admit that they do look very classy, but I would never wear one. When we started the engine to charge the batteries up we noticed a smell of diesel, Les thinks it might be the fuel pump again, if you remember ...
... cellar, who loved Lori)
La Foce (fancy garden; had coffee in amazing restaurant on hill)
Bagno Vignoni (hot springs & mill powered by water on side of cliff)
coffee in tiny ag town while local ladies gossiped inside
Castiglion de Lago (lunch and cool castle town by lake)
rode along lake single track trail
big climb up to Cortona; delicious dinner at local hot spot
... well known as a famous watering hole in the past with stunning countryside views. It's very hard to describe the how you feel walking up narrow cobbled streets just wide enough for a vehicle (pedestrians stand aside!) knowing the the buildings around you are many hundreds of years old. Inside the buildings at ground level are many small modern shops and boutiques. Further along the street at someone's front door there ...
... and Vino Nobile Reserva (our favorite) and the red blend called the Super Tuscan. The second winery offered us a yummy plate of their olive oil bruschetta, fennel flavored salami and cheese aged in ash to pair with the wine. This was a fun and educational evening, and we're getting better at discerning finer wines (which is good) and also discovering that these fine wines cost a fortune (which is bad) :^)