Subject: Re: Montepulciano, Montalcino, Lucca, Arezzo, Cortona
I stayed at the Marzocco about 7 years ago, drank wine in Montepulciano and Montalcino. What fun to remember! I think it's the only hotel there. The food in Tuscany is actually wonderful in the small towns out of Florence -- thick soups and saltless Tuscano bread. Don't miss Lucca -- Roman ruins, a wonderful wall to walk on all around the city, gorgeous squares and Pisan-style facades on the dark churches. And don't forget Arezzo, east of Florence; try to find out when is the one-Sunday-per-month antiques fair. Marvelous furniture and stuff throughout the pretty streets of the whole central (centro) area. I love it without the fair, too. A gorgeous square and wonderful church frescos. All these are walking cities. Cortona is a very steep driving and climbing city and beautiful, too. Carol