In the height of Montepulciano is the Duomo (cathedral). The diocese consists of Montepulciano, Chiusi, Pienza and surrounding small towns. There is also a cathedral in Chiusi (see part 7), and both are listed a “co-cathedrals.” The Duomo in Montepulciano is much larger, with some beautiful side chapels, but overall seems a bit plain compared to Chiusi. When visiting in October, we attended an oratorio in the Duomo, and the presentation was spectacular. The space enhances the music. The vault of the space promotes a sense of awe.
Today we went to find a doctor to write prescriptions that we would need by the end of March. We found a clinic within easy walking distance of where we live, and dropped in to see if we could get an appointment by mid-March. I had prepared for a physician’s visit by preparing a medical history translated to Italian for when we might get an appointment, but did not bring it. We were surprised to see to a physician right away, but we had not brought our information. The doctor spoke very limited English, but between him and Google translate I was able to get my immediate prescription needs met. The cost, without insurance was 30€: a bargain! There were three medications, including one that is still name brand – at the pharmacy it was 120€ without insurance, but in the US would be considerably more with insurance and co-pays. When we complete our permisso di soggiorno, we will be able to apply for Italian national insurance for 300€ a year and some of the medications will have no co-pay and the others just a few euros. I had worried needlessly about medical services and medication concerns. It may not be as easy in other locations, but I am exceptionally happy about the experience.