During the carnival, in Italy Montresor runs into Fortunato, and he offers to share a nice bottle of wine. However this bottle is in the catacombs, so its late at night and fortunato seems ill.
They are on their way to the catacombs and talking about the Amontillado. Montresor says he doesn't know if it is real but since fortunato wasn't around he bought it anyways. He says he is on the way to see Luchesi, who can tell him if it is real or not .