DAY 3 (May 10 and Oct 22 | 2021)
Lots of ground to cover today:
We’ll photograph the farmhouse of Poggio Covili at sunrise. Then we’ll drive to Monticchiello for a lovely al fresco lunch at Daria’s La Porta restaurant and to photograph the famous windy Strada per Monticchiello and finally, we’ll visit beautiful Montepulciano, snoop around town and descend into the bowels of the hill to photograph the huge barrels inside an ancient wine cellar.
One of the many iconic scenes in the Val d’Orcia is the Agriturismo Poggio Covili. Like many old farmhouses in this area, this old stone structure has been renovated and now complies with the designation of an Agriturismo, which is basically a hotel that’s also a working farm. An olive grove or a small vineyard will count.
After shooting the famous Strada per Monticchiello, we’re looking forward to a wonderful lunch at Osteria La Porta overlooking the breath-taking Val d’ Orcia. We had a nice chat with Daria, the gracious owner of La Porta. She talks about her father’s olive oil which they serve in the osteria and what she considers to be the best coffee in the world.
And here’s a clip of a fun encounter with the owner of the clothing store across the street from Daria’s. We found a magazine with his portrait on the cover, revealing him as a part-time opera singer. When asked if he would sing for us, he first refused because it was Sunday and on Sundays, he smokes which affects his singing voice. Of course, he couldn’t resist us and, he squeaked out a few notes which goes to show that one should truly either sing or smoke on Sundays.
Montepulciano is a lovely hill town with beautiful Renaissance architecture. It’s also famous for its Vino Nobile di Montepulciano as well as Rosso di Montepulciano with many wine shops and opportunities for wine tasting. Each year we visit an ancient wine cellar that descends many levels into the hillside. We have special permission to photograph the cellar. Tripods and long exposures are needed to create attractive images of the huge wine barrels.
Another annual stop not to be missed for lunch or a sweet treat in Montepulciano is the cozy Caffè Poliziano.