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Itinerary - Monday November 10 – Montepulciano and Avignonesi

We have nothing on the agenda until noon (well, this has just changed - meeting Dorit for breakfast) in Montepulciano, about 45 minutes away. So we have some options here – one, obviously, is to sleep in and have a lazy morning. Another will be to head out and stop in Pienza along the way for a stroll through another small town with some great shopping, known for their Pecorino cheese. Here, though like everywhere, we run into the issue of shops being closed, as it’s Monday morning and many stores are closed on Monday morning … though I wonder if this will be less of an issue in Pienza as it’s visited by more tourists than other areas.

A third option would be to head into Montepulciano this morning and explore that town (which while not large, population about 14K+) is much larger than the town in which we’re staying, Montalcino (at about 5K+ I think).

We have a reservation at noon at Avignonesi winery. We’re going to spend an hour touring their facility and then at one o’clock, they’re going to make us a full Tuscan lunch with wine. The cost for this is €70 per person inclusive. They make a Montepulciano Nobile wine (deep red, good with meat), as well as some other Tuscan blends, a merlot and the local Vin Santo – a famous dessert wine. Theirs is supposed to be fabulous though I’ve never tasted it. You can see more about their wines here: products.

After lunch though, especially if we do not get to in the morning, I would enjoy walking around either Montepulciano or Pienza, or both. Again, because of the large lunch I anticipate we’ll be enjoying, I would suggest dinner at home, something simple or at the very least, playing it by ear, a light meal in town perhaps.

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You will love the Avignonesi wine tour Kim. The winery is in a beautiful setting and the wine is terrific.
By the way I think you will be very happy with your the Cesari Hotel choice in Rome. I stayed there on my one night in Rome after Puglia on my way home. I haven't reviwed it yet (I know my bad) but we found the rooms large, bathroom great, the staff very nice as well as helpful and the location cannot be beat!


Hi Kim

I read your blog, First Wish you a speedy recovery.
Just a note to say that i found your roissy bus info very useful posted in slow travel......

thank you for the info. Hope to be in paris this december , a christmas treat for the kids.

Any guesses about the weather ?


Tough choice!

Pienza is a beautiful little town. I have only visited this town once (part of the time I was there everything was closed for the afternoon). I still enjoyed walking around taking photos while things were closed.

Montepulciano is also an interesting place to explore. I stayed there for a couple of nights many years ago. There probably would be more shops open there since it is more touristy than Pienza (or at least was when I was there).

Both are beautiful. Montalcino is my favorite of the three. There is a great little bakery that sells delicious mini cannoli in Montalcino. It is right in the center of town.



All the choices sound fantastic. I haven't visited any of those towns and each one sounds great.

That said, I've really really wanted to see Pienza and I'm crazy about pecorino. So I think that would be my first choice.

You're going to have such a great trip!!!

Granny chiaro:

So glad you are doing well and happy that you are able to go on this trip!
Both the towns you mention are lovely, but I did notice on our recent trip that many shops were closed on Monday morning and some even in the afternoon.
Have an incredible trip and enjoy yourself.

Granny chiaro

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