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Top 10 Florence and Tuscany by Alexandra Lawrence, Reid Bramblett

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Southern Tuscany

If ever Bacchus blessed a landscape, it was the hilly terrain south of Siena. The dry clay soil is ideal for those Mediterranean plants: grape vines and olive trees. Two of Italy’s mightiest red wines hail from these parts – Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. And where even the vines can’t take hold, grasslands thrive to provide rich grazing for sheep on the hills around Pienza, their milk producing the finest pecorino cheeses. Medieval hill towns, isolated monasteries, cypress-lined roads, Renaissance palazzi, Sienese School altarpieces and Etruscan tombs complete the picture.

1. Montepulciano

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