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Pitigliano is one of the “Piu Belli Borghi d’Italia” according to the website by the same name, here. It is sometimes called the “little Jerusalem” because of the Jewish population here and the fact that they have their own synagogue. It covers a small area and there are almost 4000 inhabitants densely populated within the walls.
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It is small and lovely with beautiful views, friendly people and not many tourists. Parking is not abundant, but we were lucky and stopped here just for a coffee on our road trip. Pitigliano is located in the Grosseto Province of Tuscany. Incredible!
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The Cantucci Palazzo is located on Piazza Grande in Montepulciano at the very top of the hill. Below, on via del Teatro you will find their wonderful free cantina and extraordinary wine tasting! It is free to visit the cellars and to taste some of the best wine around!
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In the hot July sun, it was wonderful to duck inside the cantina with the musty smell of grapes and fermenting wine. The cellars were cool as if they were air conditioned, and they went on and on!
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The palazzo is a perfect example of Renaissance architecture and was built in the early part of the 16th century. The Cantucci family has been making wine for over 1000 years in this place. If you are in Montepulciano, make this one of your stops! You will love it!
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IMG_0091Montepulciano is one of my favorite cities in Tuscany. The views are magnificent, the streets small and charming, the tourists moderate, and the wine spectacular! The only drawback is that it is not easy to get to. There are some train stations in the vicinity but then a bus is needed. The complications of that make it a place I go to when I rent a car……..and you know I do not recommend driving in Italy…..ever!
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For me, the driving takes away some of the pleasure of the site seeing, wine tasting, and relaxation. The roads are always small, always curvy and it always takes longer between points than you expect. I would love to spend a few days in Montepulciano!
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There is a small parking lot at the bottom of the hill as you approach the city. This village like most in Tuscany does not allow cars inside the walls, so parking is always questionable. There is a shuttle bus that will take you to the top at Piazza Grande, but we took our time to stroll up.
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Even though it was July, there weren’t many tourists. I think most of their tourists arrive in October for the harvest. It was a Saturday and some shops were open during the “lunch hours” (1-3) which I was happy about, but thought unusual.
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We stopped in some of the shops, had lunch at Antico Caffe’ Poliziano on the balcony with a perfect view, and did some wine tasting and relaxing in the piazza. We visited some of the churches including their beautiful Duomo. An afternoon is just not enough time to enjoy all that Montepulciano has to offer! However, other places in Tuscany called and our destination was Saturnia Terme. Until next time, Montepulciano! Al prossimo Montepulciano!
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