Montepulciano is a medieval and Renaissance hill town and comune in the province of Siena in Tuscany. It sits high on a 605m limestone ridge, 13 km east of Pienza. Montepulciano is a major producer of food and drink. Renowned for its pork, cheese, “pici” pasta, lentils, and honey, it is also known for its wine. Connoisseurs consider its Vino Nobile among Italy’s best.
Domodossola (Piedmontese: Dòm) is a comune in the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Piedmont, Northern Italy. It’s situated at the confluence of the Bogna and Toce rivers, pop: 18,500. The city is located at the foot of the Italian Alps. Its strategic location accommodates Swiss rail passengers; its railway station acts as an international stopping-point between Milan and Brig (a Swiss city of German language) through the Simplon/Sempione Pass. Domodossola was the chief town of the Lepontii when the Romans conquered the region in 12 BCE. During WW2, it was part of an uprising against the Germans, whereby the valley of Ossola declared itself a free partisan republic in Sept 1944 and broke away from Fascist Italy. The rebellion was crushed by German troops within less than 2 months, but was an important symbol for anti-fascist movements within Italy until the end of the war. Domodossola is most famous for the Sacro Monte Calvario, a site of pilgrimage and worship. The local economy is based on services, the working of stones, and mechanics industries. The valleys in the area contain many dams and hydroelectric plants. Its name is widely known in Italy as part of the local spelling alphabet as the entry “D for Domodossola”.
Trastevere is the 13th rione of Rome, on the west bank of the Tiber, south of Vatican City. Its logo is a golden head of a lion on a red background, the meaning of which is uncertain. Trastevere maintains its character thanks to its narrow cobbled streets lined by medieval houses. At night, natives and tourists alike flock to its many pubs and restaurants, but much of the original character remains. The unique character of this neighborhood has attracted artists, foreign expats, and many famous people. Sergio Leone, the director of Spaghetti Westerns, grew up in Viale Glorioso (there is a marble plaque to his memory on the wall of the apartment building), and went to a Catholic private school in the neighborhood. Ennio Morricone, the film music composer, went to the same school, and for one year was in the same class as Sergio Leone.