Having been to Tuscany twice now, once on our honeymoon and once with family, we have managed to visit Montepulciano multiple times. One our first visit we went back two or three times before we even realised that there was a whole other part of town we hadn’t yet explored. During our second holiday to the area we were slightly more seasoned and were ready with more of what we wanted to see and where we wanted to go.
One of our favourite spots in Montepulciano is the balcony of Caffe Poliziano. Walking through the cafe restaurant you can sit at the back looking over the fields enjoying a drink and some dessert treats. They have a large glass cabinet of mini desserts and patisserie treats that at the time cost between 1 – 4 euro each. It is a relaxing spot with a luxury feel and we will no doubt be going on our trip to the town.
My next spot again includes food funnily enough. This time in the form of a picnic. Hiring a car on our honeymoon meant we were able to go just outside of Montepulciano to a farm shop where you could pick a basket of meats, cheese, bread and wine and sit outside. This is up there as one of my favourite experiences from our honeymoon as it was just relaxed, easy and had beautiful views.
Another experience we got to do on our second visit to Tuscany was wine tasting. Down in the cellars at Cantina Fattoria della Talosa we got to see the barrels of wine and hear what made each wine different to the next. We also got to hear about the history of the site which was said to be the oldest in the area to include a visit to the caves and of course taste the local wine and eat the meats and cheeses alongside it. It was here I decided to bring a bottle home for my parents as a ‘thanks for looking after the dog’ gift.
Anytime we go to Tuscany now we will always visit Montepulciano and my husband says the town is one of his favourites, as with most places in Italy the food anywhere we go is amazing and here is no different. Pizza, pasta, bread and wine is all I ask for in any restaurant so I’m always happy in Italy.
If you havent already check out my other Italian Travel Diaries posts and see more of Montalcino and Venice.
Ahh Tuscany, take me back there. After much deliberation we chose Tuscany for our honeymoon and were able to return since that visit almost three years ago. As we have hired a car on each of our trips we were in a great position to do a little touring and see some local (and not so local) sights. I thought I would put together three of my favourite destinations in Tuscany to go alongside my Italian Travel Diaries so here they are.
1. Bagno Vignoni. A beautiful area containing thermal baths, history and how the baths were used back in their day and restaurants and shops to go with it. The place is full of natural beauty and we’ve visited on three separate occasions now as the setting is so tranquil I know no place like it in the UK. To see more visit my post from our Tuscan trip.
2. Montalcino. This was one of the quieter towns we visited whilst staying in Tuscany and that might just add to why it has made the list. Offering the same in quality of food and attractions as some of the other towns but being less busy leads me to want to visit again. On our last trip with family we went here a few times for different meals and I would love to explore more of the area in the future. Visiting the stunning restaurant Franci and getting a view of the castle is something I hope to remember. I have added Montalcino to one of my favourite places in Italy for its serenity and the fact that it had a less ‘touristy’ vibe.
3. Florence. Ok so we’ve gone from two of the quieter destinations to probably the busiest. We spent two nights in Florence when we visited and it is one of my favourite cities, and I’m not a city girl at all. The architecture is something else and sitting on the open rooftop bars looking over to everything is an experience I want to do in every place I go to. Being a city it had everything you could have wanted in terms of gorgeous places to eat, retail therapy and spots to simply take in the atmosphere and to me it never felt over busy. We went in the peak of summertime (it was boiling) and there was still space to walk a round freely.