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“Worth a week of your time”

Piazza Grande a Montepulciano
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Small-Group Montepulciano and Pienza Day Trip from Siena
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Worth a week of your time”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

This town has it all - the wineries, olive oil, amazing architecture and great shopping, not to mention the views and friendly people. The restaurants were charming and the food was great. Caffe Poliziano is an amazing cafe and tea parlor with great desserts - top of my list to stop and enjoy an espresso and a cannoli. Be warned - the town is very hilly and can be very difficult to walk if you have mobility issues. There is a bus you can take to get to the piazza to enjoy the panoramic views. The shops were delightful and you can buy beautiful leather goods, jewelry , shoes, food items, olive oils and wines. The pottery was also beautiful and I was tempted to purchase all of it. Of course, the retailers are more than happy to ship your purchase to your home. A return visit is already being planned in the near future! It is a great place for couples and families, as well as solo travelers. A must see for fans of the Twilight films, as the second movie was filmed here.

Visited November 2013
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Corvallis, Oregon
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“people watching”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

This is a lovely square to people watch, sit and enjoy the afternoon. It's quite a hike up to the square, but well worth it. Some strange statues but they are entertaining in photos. The church facade is plain and unfinished, and the square looks dull, but the people watching in small town italy makes it worthwhile.

Visited October 2013
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Bedford, Texas
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“Beautiful Tuscany Hill Town”
Reviewed 11 November 2013

You can easily spend all day roaming the idyllic streets of this small Italian hill town. We went in the off season and it was so quiet, except for the occasional group of locals passing. It felt as it we had the entire town to ourselves.

Visited November 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Take all day.”
Reviewed 2 November 2013

We really enjoyed visiting this lovely little place. We went on a public bus from Chianciano Terme and were advised to get off before the end of the journey and cut through straight up into the Square. Sorry cannot remember the number of the bus stop. We only had half a day so not enough time to go the whole way and walk back down into the square. There is lots to see, shops to explore and places for coffee and lunch. The wine here is superb, certainly buy some for home. The Duomo is lovely inside, the day we were there a ‘church trip’ had gone to meet the Pope in Rome! I did not like the modern sculptures in the Square, thought they were out of place and distracted from its beauty. We climbed the steps in Terrazza Del Palazzo Comunale to see the wonderful views but did not pay the extra to go higher, not for the unfit or claustrophobic! Lovely Square to sit and laze the day away, we wished we had got all day to explore. It is one of the places where filming of the 3rd series of Twilight happened, apparently its filled with students in uni holiday times!

Visited September 2013
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“Gorgeous town”
Reviewed 25 October 2013

Spent five hours in Montepulciano. Superb views from the tower in the town hall, and fascinatiung, awe-inspiring underground wine cellars. Unlike some other reviewers, we loved the chinese sculptures in the Piazza Grand. There was also an exhibition of this sculptor's work in the nearby Fortezza art gallery (in the old fort at the Western end of the town). We think his work is brilliant. But that is of course a subjective viewpoint.

This town really does deserve the time to explore all the steep little alleyways and hidden courtyards. And each of the eight (EIGHT!) churches has an individual charm of its own.

This is a place not to be rushed through in two hours or less - after all it can take more than half that time just to get a meal!

Visited October 2013
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