Montepulciano was one of the best finds on our trip across Italy.

It was one of those places we decided to pop into just a few minutes before we set off for the day and it was such a brilliant call. Even before we hit the town itself, it was nigh impossible not to stop and take it all the Tuscan rolling hills basking in the warm sunshine!

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You can also see Montepulciano for miles before you actually arrive in the town…

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… and one you arrive, you’re immediately blown away by how beautiful it all is!

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That’s our rickshaw below.

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Once we found a place to park properly, we realised that we’d had no food since breakfast – fine, this was just a couple of hours after but we were starving! 🙂 We had grand plans to do a quick bit of research and find the best place to have food but we just ended up in the very first place we could find! Luckily, the food was pretty good there and hit the spot.

I was obviously too overcome by my hunger that I forgot to take any photos of food. 🙂 Like literally, not a single one (I could’ve sworn I took photos too… oh well! 🙂 )

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After lunch we set about explore more of Montepulciano on foot.

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It is truly one of those charming little Italian towns that’s almost impossible to believe exists. Its like something out of a movie or a magazine. People ambling along with no one in a hurry to get anywhere… others having lunch or a coffee with friends… Absolute Italian town perfection.

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Our walk ended up rewarding us with another great view of Tuscany…

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This view below (I’ll pan from left to right)…

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See what I mean? Eventually, we had to hit the road again and so we made our way slowly back to the rickshaw. We made sure of course to get intentionally ‘lost’ in the town as we tried to find our rickshaw. 🙂

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I was pretty much in love with Montepulciano by this point of course.

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Now do you see why this was such an amazing gem of a find on our road trip? What do you think Montepulciano? Are you about it as I am? 😉 🙂 🙂


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  • What a beautiful place but I can’t believe you forgot to photograph the food 😉

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Hahaha! I know, right? Worst part is that I could have sworn I did take photographs too.
      Yaya

  • MissLilly

    wow wow such a gorgeous place! want it right now! love the cat on the photo too. Am I the only one to notice he matches the colours around the place? 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! It does! I didn’t think much about it but now that you mention it…

  • Fantastic photos! I would love to visit it someday 🙂

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks Olga! It’s such a beautiful place. So glad we got to stop in on our trip.

  • How very beautiful, one day i hope to explore Italy! x

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Definitely highly recommended Leanne. I’d dreamt about doing this for years and I’m so glad we did.
      Yaya

  • I think I’ve been bitten by the Medieval Magic bug ever since I went to Tallinn. There’s something so charming about a historical town, the way it whispers its secrets to you from its stone walls! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Nice post on Tallinn by the way Jasiminne! Never been and I wanna go now.

  • oh, that cat looks like mine! I’ve been here too!It’s great!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It is such a lovely place. Randomly saw it in one of the Twilight movies the other day and was bouncing off the walls shouting “I’VE BEEN THERE!!!” 🙂
      Yaya

  • Art

    I was in Montepulciano last week! What a beautiful town. I was able to be there a bit longer than you as I was staying just outside of the city, and I appreciate every single moment. Just back to the USA and I see this post! What a gem upon my return!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed your time in Italy. It’s a fantastic country to explore, with Montepulciano being one of our favourites!

      Are you planning on visiting again? Any recommendations?

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

      • Art

        I will be back as soon as I can. Still have to see Sicily and Southern Italy! I loved the Tuscan soup ribollita, which I ordered at at least 3 different places. Also, the small town of Pienza was beautiful, and well worth the visit.
        My wife and I also noticed that it’s the same town as that Twilight scene. There’s a picture of Robert Pattinson in the Ristorante Degli Archi. The owner of that place had a huge personality and was so fun. I can’t wait to get back.

        • HandLuggageOnly

          It’s so funny you mentioned that Twilight scene! As soon as we got back to London we noticed the very same scene when the film was playing. You can only imagine how excited we were! 🙂

          Such a great place!