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The Val di Chiana, Valdichiana, or Chiana Valley is an alluvial valley of central Italy, lying on the territories of the provinces of Arezzo and Siena
in Tuscany and the provinces of Perugia and Terni in Umbria.
Montepulciano is a medieval hilltop town in Tuscany, Italy. Surrounded by vineyards, it’s known for its vino nobile red wine.
The Torre di Pulcinella is a clock tower topped by a figure of the Pulcinella, a commedia dell’arte character.
On the Piazza Grande is the 14th-century Palazzo Comunale, with a tower offering views of the surrounding countryside.
Also here is the Duomo, with a huge triptych above its altar.
Montepulciano is a major producer of food and drink. Renowned for its pork, cheese, "pici" pasta, lentils, and honey, it is known worldwide for its wine.
Connoisseurs consider its Vino Nobile, which should not be confused with varietal wine merely made from the Montepulciano grape, among Italy's best.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is a red wine with a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita status produced in the vineyards surrounding the town of Montepulciano, Italy.
The wine is made primarily from the Sangiovese grape varietal (known locally as Prugnolo gentile) (minimum 70%), blended with Canaiolo Nero (10%–20%) and small amounts of other
local varieties such as Mammolo. The wine is aged for 2 years (at least 1 year in oak barrels); three years if it is a riserva.
The wine should not be confused with Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, a red wine made from the Montepulciano grape in the Abruzzo region of east-central Italy.
Pici are thick, hand-rolled pasta, like fat spaghetti. It originates in the province of Siena in Tuscany;
in the Montalcino area it is also referred to as pinci.
The dough is typically made from flour and water only. The addition of egg is optional, being determined by family traditions.
The dough is rolled out in a thick flat sheet, then cut into strips. In some families, the strip of dough is rolled between one palm and the table,
while the other hand is wrapped with the rest of the strip.
It can also be formed by rolling the strip between the palms. Either method forms a thick pasta, slightly thinner than a common pencil.
Unlike spaghetti or macaroni, this pasta is not uniform in size and has variations of thickness along its length.
The Chianina is an Italian breed of cattle, formerly principally a draught breed, now raised mainly for beef.
It is the largest and one of the oldest cattle breeds in the world.
The famous bistecca alla fiorentina is produced from its meat.
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