After enjoying one last gelato in Florence, it was time for me to catch my train and venture to Tuscany, where Montepulciano would be my home for a few weeks. I had never been in the heart of Tuscany before, so I was really excited for the picturesque countryside, red wines and Tuscan foods.
During my first week there was an annual festival taking place, Bravio delle Botti, the racing of wine barrels. This is the biggest celebration in Montepulciano all year, and each day features a different procession or flag tossing spectacular, all leading up to the famous racing of the barrels.
one of the many daily processions
each competing group hung flags and decorations
the piazza, all lit up for the celebration
In addition to all of the festivities, I had a really great time getting to know all of the local cuisine. (It’s a tough job, but some one has to do it!)
pici with local truffles from la pentolaccia
duck ragu at cantina poggiolo
the most amazing panzanella & local pecorino at osteria aquacheta
pecorino tasting at podere il casale
sunset happy hour
What makes enjoying all of this food even better (not that it needs it), is the surrounding views of the Tuscan countryside; Montepulciano has the most breathtaking views.
Looking over these pictures takes me right back – I still can’t get over these views. This is definitely a place that is equally beautiful in person as it is in the movies. I wish that I could go back and savor one more day under the Tuscan sun.