I am planning a day trip from Siena to Sant Antimo Abbey, Pienza & Montepulciano for the end of May '13. Most likely in that order, and most likely on a Monday.
I think we will land in Montepulciano around 1pm. Will most of the shops be closed for siesta? If so, what are the typical hours they are closed?
I thought we'd explore the town/shops from about 1-2p, have lunch, then do some wine tasting at Contucci Palace when it re-opens for the day after 2:30p. Then maybe wander around a bit more near the main square before heading back to Siena via the scenic route. (Yes, we will have a designated driver.)