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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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Italy 2016 ~ Agriturismo Villa Mazzi, Montepulciano

We had visited Italy the last three years in the fall, and always missed seeing the sunflower fields in bloom. After researching airfare in July, we found fairly reasonable rates and decided to go back to spend time in Tuscany and Rome. We like the area around Montepulciano, so began looking for an apartment. We liked the view of Agriturismo Villa Mazzi and emailed an inquiry. They had an opening for a one-bedroom apartment available, so after looking around a bit more, decided to go ahead and book it. They do not have a swimming pool, but that wasn’t important to us. They do have an amazing view and it was very convenient to town. http://www.villamazzi.it/en/

The farm shop and reception is open to the public, and they sell Villa Mazzi wine, along with a few other local choices, Loredana’s jams, preserves and bruschetta spreads, honey, olive oil, cheeses, meats, pasta and more.

The two farmhouses have several apartments, and each have a nice private patio.

The view across the valley was amazing and changed every day. IMG_6819IMG_6601IMG_6602I loved all the flowers and antique farm accents around Villa Mazzi

Our first afternoon, we heard bells ringing and started looking around for the source. I was delighted to spot a flock of sheep and their shepherd moving around the valley! I had sheep growing up, so this was so nostalgic for me. Each morning they were in one field above us, and they moved around until late afternoon, like clockwork, when they poured across the valley in front of us. These are Sardinia milk sheep, and the family a few farms down produces their famous Pecorino sheep cheese. Loredana sells it in her shop or you can go and buy it direct from Cugusi family farm where they offer a “picnic” with a view. http://www.caseificiocugusi.it/index.php/it/

Loredana makes jams and preserves from their farm fruits.

Their honeybees

Leo and cat

More beauty…

IMG_6016IMG_6202IMG_6011IMG_6045Breakfast with a view…

Our last afternoon was stormy, but the sun came out long enough for a rainbow to arch over Montepulciano.

What a gorgeous place! We would definitely return to this slice of heaven in Tuscany! The beauty, warm hospitality, amazing food and wine have kept us returning to Italy year after year.

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