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Montefalco is anchored by the fine hexagonal Piazza del Comune, whose 13th-century palazzo is tastefully embellished with a simple loggia. Other than visiting the superb Museo San Francesco, there's little to do but wander the enchanting streets and sample the wines.

On the Sagrantino Wine Trail

Montefalco is surrounded by a plethora of ravishing vineyards producing the region's famed Sagrantino wine -- almost all of them have on-site stores where you can taste the wines before you buy. You can get a full list at the tourist offices in Montefalco (visit www.stradadelsagrantino.it). One of the most respected producers is Antonelli in the village of San Marco, a few kilometers west of the town (tel. 0742-379-158; www.antonellisanmarco.it), open Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 12:30pm and 2:30 to 6:30pm. For a more intimate tasting experience, visit family-owned Colle del Saraceno in Pietrauta (tel. 0742-379-500; www.cantinabotti.com), where the Bettoni family will provide a comprehensive introduction to their Sagrantino (16€), white Grechetto (9€), and the highly-prized sweet Passito (25€). They usually accept visitors Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. For full tours of any of the vineyards, you'll have to call ahead. Plenty of stores in Montefalco also sell the local vino -- most places double as wine bars. Enoteca L'Alchimista at Piazza del Comune 14 (tel. 0742-378-558; www.montefalcowines.com; Thurs-Tues 9am-11pm) is a convenient and friendly choice with a wide selection. The other safe bet is Enoteca di Benozzo, at Piazza del Comune 10 (daily 9am-12:30pm and 1:30-11pm).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.