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Ristorante Fattoria Pulcino & The Church of San Biagio, Montepulciano, Italy 2016

Our outing for the day was to check out the Ristorante Pulcino Fattoria, and of course another meal! We stopped by the Ercolani Cantina first for a quick wine and olive oil sampling to get our appetites going.

At Ristorante Pulcino Fattoria, you walk through a very simple entrance and step back in time… Amazing antique furniture that has probably been sitting there for centuries drew my eyes, along with the wide variety of wine, oil and other food products available for sale. Even if you don’t go to eat, this is a great place to shop.

They have a large formal dining area that can accommodate large groups, and a casual terrace with a view, where we ate.

After we placed our order, we went downstairs to explore their history museum and art gallery area.

Ahh, food… Wally went for the meat trio and I had the pasta. Very tasty!

As we checked out, the owner introduced herself and I bought one of her hand-painted ornaments with a bee and flowers as a souvenir. She donates the money to a charity – she was so sweet! IMG_5995Our next stop was a visit to the Church of San Biagio, built between 1518 and 1545, which we had an excellent view of from our Villa Mazzi across the little valley.

There’s a restaurant beside the church that is highly recommended for dinner, but we didn’t get around to trying it. Next time!

Back at Villa Mazzi, here was our view of San Biagio and Montepulciano at different times of the day…IMG_6018IMG_5848IMG_5850IMG_5821IMG_4870

IMG_7270.jpgAhhh… che bella!

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Travel Italy 2016 ~ Dinner at La Bottega del Nobile, Montepulciano

Our first night in Montepulciano, we decided to eat in town and La Bottega del Nobile on the main street was recommended. We arrived in town at dusk and made our way up the hill.

You enter the restaurant through an enoteca shop entrance, and then begin to descend into the depths of their ancient building. We ordered a ravioli and gnocchi dish and local wine and soaked in the atmosphere. A server was offering shots of an after dinner liquor (grappa I think), but we declined as we had to drive back to our Villa Mazzi.

Another wonderful meal…

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Travel Italy 2016 ~ Around Montepulciano & Lunch at Ristorante degli Archi

We love Montepulciano with it’s amazing views, winding hilly streets, delicious food and their famous wines! Here’s a glimpse around this charming hilltop Tuscan town…

I happened to notice the fresco restoration when walking past this building.

They have amazing artists and artisans, so you can find that perfect souvenir to take home. There’s a shop that carries Tuscan soaps that I love and always buy quite a few.

And the views are amazing!

We decided to try a restaurant with a view and Ristorante Degli Archi looked busy, so we decided to try them. I ate inside and I loved their interior decor filled with charming antiques, linen-draped tables, and little balconies with the view over the valley. This restaurant has that Italian charm you’re looking for! Just fabulous!

Our pizzas were delish, and fat and full, it was time for a nap back at Villa Mazzi! And yes, we’ll be eating pizza leftovers for dinner! And more of Montepulciano after lunch…

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