Montepulciano, Val d'Orcia, Tuscany, Italy (part 6)

Arriving in Montepulciano we are welcomed by a huge cathedral below the hilltop town - the San Biagio. Built between 1518 and 1540, this church is an example of Renaissance Greek cross central plan. A quick peek and we head up to Montepulciano.

The city is much larger than I imagined in my brain. Lots of shops and stores, grand buildings, palaces, and fancy residences; relevant of its high splendor under the powerful Medici family in the 14th and 15th centuries. We explored a little but as mentioned, we are nearing the end of our evening; we're pooped! The goal was to reach the Main Square and catch the sunset from high above...

Alas we arrived to check out the Duomo, the Palazzo Communal, the Palazzo Tarugiand, and the Palazzo Contucci. And the beautiful sunset over the Tuscan valley below.
We do a little bit of shopping, collect our favorite wines from the area and call it a night. We really could have spent an entire day exploring Montepulciano. There is so much to see and do!! So much shopping and wine sipping opportunity! It's going to remain on the list to revisit!! For now, we have our memories and a few more bottle of Montepulciano to enjoy ;)

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Tomorrow we finish our adventure with an exploration in Siena.