Under the Tuscan Sun

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.

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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.

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one of the many daily processions

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each competing group hung flags and decorations

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the piazza, all lit up for the celebration

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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!)

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pici with local truffles from la pentolaccia

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duck ragu at cantina poggiolo

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the most amazing panzanella & local pecorino at osteria aquacheta

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pecorino tasting at podere il casale

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sunset happy hour

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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.

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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.

6 Replies to “Under the Tuscan Sun”

  1. Your photos are outstanding – if the food was as good as you made it look ….. wow!

  2. what gorgeous photos!
    XO JNESS
    jenessasheffield

  3. All of the food looks amazing!! Tuscany is such a beautiful region!

  4. Gorgeous photos! I would love to travel to there one day.

    Jamie
    http://www.treatsandtrendsblog.com

    1. It was so much fun, thanks!

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