Surrounded by bright fields of sunflowers in Italy’s southern Tuscan region of Siena and situated on a limestone ridge (affording it excellent views of the valleys below), lies the quaint town of Montepulciano. Not more than 64 square miles (166 square kilometers), with a current population of about 14,500 people. It is a small town, but it influences the world in a big way.
Perhaps this story might help shed some light:
Okay, so the story is a bit of fiction. And if in case you have’t already guessed, the Palazzo Communale is the site where Edward (very skinny and pale vampire) of the popular series – Twilight, went to sacrifice himself in the movies to the Volturi (the head vampire clan) to save his beloved, Bella (who should’ve been played by a different actress).
Ultimately, this story is bigger than the building itself. At first glance, its quite unassuming and faces a small central plaza, with a clock that rings loudly every hour. The only clue you might have if you aren’t a “Twi-hard” that this is a special building are the surrounding vendors who will not let you forget that Edward was once here.
As for the wine, I don’t know whether or not Edward or Bella actually drank it. But what I do know I did. And, I can safely say, it is as good as it is reputed to be. One thing to note, however: The Montepulciano d’Abruzzo is a red Italian wine made from the Montepulciano wine grape in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy. It should not be confused by lesser quality wine of similar names. You’ll have no problem finding it on most menus in restaurants as its quite a popular brand in Italy.
Grapes that make Montepulciano wine are red (once ripened) before they are harvested and aged. These grapes in the photo have a long way to go. Luckily they have fertile soil and ever flourishing sunlight to help them grow.
We came here not because we knew of its special building or its delicious wine. Rather, we stumbled upon this town because our driver (who we hired to drive us around Tuscany) told us to get out, walk the town, and he’ll meet us down the hill at the town’s outskirts. Turns out, it was one of the best ideas yet! Even though we did get lost in the process of finding him down the hill.
Another reason our driver told us to walk the town was because cars are not allowed to park in the town center. So if driving here, the only place to park is along its perimeter. But its an easy town to walk, with plenty of old-world character and cool shade from the hot summer sun.
Montepulciano is a typical old Italian town, but with an edge. What separates it from other towns of Italy is that while most embrace their old ways, Montepulciano actually tries to be modern. For example, government sponsored wifi hot spots. Not bad for a medieval town built during the Renaissance.