Jan 312012
 
Montalcino

Photo by: Paul Wagner

When you arrive in Montalcino, there is no question about what this town does.  It seems as if every doorway is a wine shop, and they are all selling a great selection of Brunellos.

Where Montepulciano is the Renaissance, Montalcino is all about the Middle Ages.  There are no delicate filigrees here—this town is all business, and the business is wine.  And whether it’s true or not, it seems that it has been that way for centuries.

It’s quite a contrast.  Solid, dark stone buildings tower over the narrow streets, and in many cases there are tunnels or covered passageways from one street to another.   And in the shops the sophisticated and elegant merchandising sense of Italian design takes over:  glorious and subtle displays of some of the best red wines in Italy.

While other regions may charm you with warm beaches, soaring cathedrals, or stunning art, Montalcino doesn’t let you get confused.  It’s all wine, all the time.

After hours of wandering its wonderful streets, we finally found a supermarket, tucked away in a corner.  But we never did find a place to buy clothes.  Or a hardware store.  That’s for other towns.

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