Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

Our first stop in Italy was at the ancient, hilltop village of Montepulciano. I had researched it before our journey and was more than delighted that everything written about it was true!

"Records of Montepulciano's castle, cited as a fortified center, date to 715. The castle’s long history is tied to alternating alliances with Siena and Florence, as Siena was initially victorious over Florence. Yet the conflicts eventually turned against them, forcing them to pay for the rebuilding of Montepulciano. The small town reinforced its municipal institutions and was later divided due to internal power struggles between various districts. In 1390, Montepulciano passed once more under the sovereignty of Florence, which allowed for restoring its walls and the construction of a new fortress". - Internet

With my first photographs I hoped to show the elevated situation of the village, high above the vineyards from which the grapes grow to create its celebrated wines. The streets are very steep and the whole community is surrounded by a protective, castle wall.

I tried to include just a glimpse of the wall in the photograph, as a reference point. I will add a couple more photographs as w/s here and here .

The only sad part of the day was that we only had a few hours here and that is not really enough to sample all that Montepulciano has to offer!

Enjoy your day, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7003 W: 309 N: 16146] (63730)
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