We Started our tour of the hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria early Monday morning. Our first stop was the small town of Montepulciano. This is a small town situated right on top of a hill and the views of the surrounding Tuscan landscape were spectacular. We started our visit of the town at the Tempio di San Biagio, built during the High Renaissance in 1545:
From there we walked up the hill to the town, which was very small, but it was a nice starting point to our trip.
Views of the Tuscan countryside from the town:
The Duomo in the Pizza Grande (15th c.):
The well in front of Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo:
Andy and I also did a little wine tasting in a local wine cellar:
More stunning views of the surrounding countryside:
The town of Pienza was very small with not much going on. It was a verybeautiful town but we found it hard to fill up our time with things to do here. This town is known mostly for its Pecorino cheese, so with not much to do, we picked up some cheese and a bottle of wine and found a nice spot in the sun and took in the views.