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Viticulture or winegrowing
the cultivation and harvesting of grapes.
It is a branch of the science of horticulture.

Glass-in-hand; green valley of grapes. (copyright)

Tuscany Hill Towns Map and Travel Guide | Wandering Italy


on a country road in Val d’Orcia   (copyright)

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“…from grapes to the glass…”

Mark’s tips:

Palio di Siena Tuscany, Italy

Fav things are…


With a friend, having a beer or vino in one of the many outdoor cafes that ring the main Piazza called Il Campo.

Palio di Siena, the horse race event between the ancient districts of the town, Il Campo Piazza.

Tuscany Siena Il Campo Torre del Mangia Palazzo Pubblico Italy The busy restaurants and shops of the historic palazzi signorili surrounding the Piazza del Campo, home to the famous Palio horse race, overlooked by the iconic spire of the Torre del Mangia high above the Palazzo Pubblico under deep blue Tuscan skies, Siena, Italy. ProPhoto RGB profile for maximum color fidelity and gamut. siena festival il campo stock pictures, royalty-free photos & images

Torre del Mangia is a tower in Siena,

built  1338-1348

must sees are Michelangelo’s David  at the Academia Museum.
Uffizzi; see a great Renaissance collection. 

Ponte Vecchio. Florence

Ponte Vecchio.

San Lorenzo Chapel for Michelangelo’s Medici tombs.

Mercato Centrale street market.

Palazzo Piti -residence of the Medici family, influential family.
Piazza della Signoria with its magnificent sculptures including a copy of David.

The leaning tower of Pizza was built on a sandy bog some 900 years ago and began leaning even before it was finished.

Engineers have been seeking to stabilize it ever since and have now deemed it safe.

Livorno is a good place to catch the boat that visits each of the 5 towns that make up the Cinque Terre which can also be visited by train, car and on foot.

Monterosso has a nice beach and nice places for lunch.

Cinque Terre: 5 tiny towns perched literally on the edge of a cliff and easy to walk around.

Montepulciano and San Gimignano are both Classic Tuscan Hill towns that are rich in Renaissance buildings and art, particularly San Gimignano with it’s towers built as protection by rich families in the Middle Ages. 

Medieval Town; San Gimignano, Tuscany

Montepulciano … famous for its Vino Nobile wines and tends to be a little less ‘touristy’.

Beautiful summer scenery with rural curved road in the grain fields.

View over Montepulciano town in Tuscany
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is one of several classic Tuscan red wines based on the Sangiovese grape variety. It comes from the vineyards that surround Montepulciano, a picturesque hill town 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of Siena, southeastern Tuscany. The area is made up of slopes reaching 250 to 600 meters (820-1968ft) in altitude, located between two rivers: the Ocria and the Chiana. (source: wine-searcher)

1 example of  Agriturismo

Podere Peciano 

The center of Cortona is 2.5 mi; 

Castiglion Fiorentino is a 5-minute drive.

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“Offering a shared garden with an outdoor swimming pool, Agriturismo Podere Peciano features apartments with free WiFi.

Guests will find farm animals such as goats, cows and rabbits at the property; BBQ facilities also available.

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Rustic-style apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen, including fridge, oven and stovetop.

Access to a shared terrace.

Upon request, guests can have a dinner with characteristic Tuscan dishes and local produce with the property owners.

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