Tuscan landscape & Cypress trees
Tuscany is famous for its stunning scenery, and the area surrounding Pienza certainly lives up to the hype.
It looks like a patchwork quilt, made up of vineyards (ripe with fruit when we were there), olive groves, brown fields ready for planting, and those dark green cypress trees. The trees are particularly impressive, and more often than not seem to be used to line driveways & roads, and to circle farm houses and hide impressive looking mansions from nosy passers by.
We stopped by a house just out of Pienza to take the main photo here of their tree-lined driveway.
Travel à la carte
Go for a ride around Pienza. Enjoy a close reach of the Renaissance glories, where the regions authentic life is still to be found. In the South you'll find 2 areas of more Tuscany beauty: the Val d’Orcia and the Maremma. The breathtaking views just are waiting for your discovering. The rustic spheres will be intensified by its inhabitants, included the cows within your sight ...
The Cathedral: interior
Inside of the cathedral you can see three naves divided from pillars with interesting capitals. The two side naves unite themselves in a peribolo around which the arm of the crossbrace and the three hats of the apsis form a turn of five hats.
Coming by car to Pienza is a great experience. From Siena I can suggest to follow the SS2 (Cassia) untill San Quirico D'Orcia. Here you can find the sign Pienza and from there you drive along a scenic route. Enjoy this fantastic Tuscanian landscape!!!
Pienza, Bagno Vignoni and Sant Antimo
"June in Southern Tuscany"
We arrived at agriturismo Terrapille early in the morning and without our luggage following a horrendous experience with Alitalia. (never fly them!). After a good sleep, we woke in beautiful Tuscany with a sweet smell in the air and a fabulous view of Pienza and the Val d'Orcia. After breakfast we went into Pienza to buy some clothing essentials and then explored to the west, stopping at Bagno Vignoni and Sant Antimo. We returned to the agriturismo to swim and rest by the pool. In the early evening we visited Monticchiello and then had dinner in Pienza.
There is so much to explore all around Pienza. We had 4 nights in the area and feel that we barely touched it. We never made it to Montalcino nor did we drive south as was our original intention. My suggestion to anyone planning a visit is to spend at least a week- you wont run out of worthwhile day trips.
Agriturismo Terrapille sits on a hill just a bit southwest of Pienza. Although it was our "home" base, we never made it to the Popes palace and museum. We did walk around it and had an excellent dinner. You can see Monte Amiata, the rolling hills and several towns from the southern walls.
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