Greg and Sue stayed in Montepulciano, a much larger hill town than Cetona, maybe a half hour to the north, for a week several years ago. So, they were tour guides for the day on Sunday.
The last time was a quiet November; but this time a busy Sunday offered a large flea market at the entrance to the city and lots of street vendors added to a very busy place.
Montepulciano is best known for its famous red wine, and there are several dozen shops selling the wines. One family is said to have produced wines for 1,000 years. And, even the former city jail is now a wine cellar.
There also are several churches with impressive artworks, including the Cathedral in the main square. The city is very walkable with restricted automobile activity, but, as is the case with all “hill towns”, there are many cobblestones and lots of uphill.
The movie Under the Tuscan Sun had a scene involving a festival flag throwing competition that was filmed in the main square in Montepulciano. Sunday, there was what looked like an old gypsy wagon on display in the middle of that square, without any explanation.