With a local wine that pairs especially well with hearty sauces and red meat, it's no accident that food in Montepulciano is typically Tuscan and relies heavily on game, beef from the Valdichiana, and thick pastas like hand-rolled pici topped with rich sauces. Aside from the town’s many tasting rooms, you can also quaff the local wines and taste local salamis and cheeses in an atmospheric old cafe, the late-19th-century Poliziano, on the Corso (number 27; tel 0578-758615).

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