Can Skip Pienza
We love everything about Montepulciano: the drive there from Siena, the decent mix of “local” food stores and enotecas, the life-sized “Pulcinella” clown striking the hours…it maintains the sense of a walled town without becoming an “attraction”. We think Kyle Phillips’ walking tour of Montepulciano does a good job of hitting the high notes.
What would we add? Montepulciano is basically a straight shot uphill from the Porta al Prato. The 2nd enoteca (wine store) on the left has a fabulous underground labyrinth well worth the visit. Midway up the hill on the left is a gelato shop that got high marks in our “Top Five” gelatos on our trip (we’re on the trail in the picture above), then on the right is the fabulous linen shop Biagianti (Piazza Michelozzo, 5) with reasonably priced kitchen linens featuring olive oil, pici, other Tuscan specialties that are easy to pack and take home. Also near the gelato store is Batafilante (Via del Paolino, 2), oh-so-touchable linens, less reasonable prices. Next time we go, we’ll stop at the restaurant Osteria Acquacheta (Via del Teatro, 22 www.acquacheta.eu), which was full of vivacious locals totally enjoying themselves in mid-day but unable to seat us American tourist-types-on-a- schedule in time for…well, our schedule.
What to miss? Well….we were disappointed in Pienza. Yes, yes, yes, tons of Pecorino to taste and wonderful flavors (we loved Zazzeri www.zazzeripienza.com) but at least on the particular afternoon of our trip, the touristy seemed to overwhelm the tasteful. Do you disagree? What did we miss? Send us an email and a piece of your mind!