Day 12 – Orvieto

This morning we hit the coffee bar around the corner for a quick espresso and pastry before heading off to Orvieto.  This was our third time there and our last unless every other coffee place shuts down unexpectedly.  The espresso isn't that great and bartender is young and snobbish.  If the guy can't make eye … Continue reading Day 12 – Orvieto

Day 11 – Our Town, Montepulciano

It was supposed to rain today but we woke up to a beautiful blue sky!!  Yay us!  We got dressed and ran up the hill to try out a new coffee bar that I read about, but sadly it was closed on Sunday.  A man standing around the corner heard me groan when I read … Continue reading Day 11 – Our Town, Montepulciano

Day 10 – Another Rainy Day in Montepulciano

Today, it poured all day.  Staying inside wasn't necessarily a bad thing.  Days like this let us catch up on laundry, emails, photographs, and such.  In the early evening, the rain stopped long enough for us to walk down to the Conad to buy more breakfast and dinner supplies.  Somehow we bought more things with chocolate in … Continue reading Day 10 – Another Rainy Day in Montepulciano

Day 9 – Poliziano Winery, Montefollonico, and the Temple of San Biagio

We started out today with a tour of the Poliziano winery, owned and operated by the Carletti family. Jennifer Criswell, the author of At Least You're in Tuscany, works there and invited us for a tour.  Jennifer has been giving tours at the winery for several years and is currently studying to be a sommelier.  She is a bottomless … Continue reading Day 9 – Poliziano Winery, Montefollonico, and the Temple of San Biagio

Day 8 – Montepulciano’s Thursday Market and Assisi on a Whim

This morning we woke up with the intention of checking out the Thursday market, then heading over to Perugia to go to the Bacci chocolate factory.  The Bacci factory has tours and at the end one is supposed to get endless amounts of chocolate to taste, so is there any doubt we would miss that??  We … Continue reading Day 8 – Montepulciano’s Thursday Market and Assisi on a Whim

Day 7 – Hanging out in Montepulciano

This morning we slept in.  I think it was truly the first good night's sleep we've gotten since we arrived.  Maybe it is a sign that we have finally adjusted to the time change. The G-man made our usual breakfast of eggs and prosciutto with toasted Tuscan bread drizzled with olive oil.  After we cleaned … Continue reading Day 7 – Hanging out in Montepulciano

Day 6 – Pienza, San Quirico, and Montalcino

Yesterday, we had our first driving adventure.  We chose to head to the west of Montepulciano with stops in Pienza, San Quirico and Montalcino.  I would be writing for days if I attempted to give the historical background and cultural significance of each of these places, so I won't even begin to try.  Just suffice it to … Continue reading Day 6 – Pienza, San Quirico, and Montalcino