Monday morning at 9 AM, we left for a tour of the area with our tour guide, Pino, and his son, Marco, for a tour of the area. Pino is delightful, as well as knowledgeable, and gave us all kinds of interesting information. Our first stop was an olive grove with a view of the monastery San Anna in Camprena.
Pino explained the process of growing, and harvesting olives and making oil.
We arrived in Montepulciano, and wandered through the town.
As we do during every visit to Montipulciano, we visited the mosiac shop where craftsmen continue the ancient art using glass tiles called smalti.
I am fascinated by this craft, and have done some small kits that I bought on visits to Ravello. That reminds me, I have three more kits to complete for my yard. I am most motivated to work on another kit I bought in Ravenna. I love this one of the cypress trees.
We visited the Contucci winery, and toured the cellars.
I snuck out to the corner cafe during the wine tasting, as I was under-caffinated, and had no interest in tasting red wine, but Brad enjoyed it!
The highlight of the tour for me was visiting the copper store, and nearby copper workshop (but that is another whole blog post coming soon).
At this point we left the group before they continued on to Pienza. We had food shopping to do, and some cooking prep for tomorrow's dinner! We enjoyed our morning tour with Pino!