Il Giardino Segreto
Via Condotti, 13, Pienza, Italy
More about Pienza
Pretty flowers along the trail
Chiesa di San Francesco
Palazzo Piccolomini: the loggia
Travel Tips for Pienza
Pienza is famous for producing Pecorino Cheese. For those not aware, Pecorino Cheese is a sheep's milk cheese with a tangy taste. There are many shops in Pienza proudly displaying and selling this cheese. As soon as you enter the town you smell the cheese in the air.
Liz's Aunt Bought a large wheel of Pecorino and I ot the pleasure of carrying the stinky purchase back to the car.
Pienza - Top Of The Bill
It was Enea Silvio who founded Pienza town. He became Pope Pio II in 1458. See Piazza Dome that took his name and literally is the cornerstone of town (also to be seen in Romeo and Juliet directed by Franco Zeffirelli). See great landscapes, charming villages, ancient towers, old casteles. On the way we met these old fellows ... and had a sight at Pienza too ... amazing !!!
The city hall is located in front of the cathedral. The palace is made with a portico with ionic columns of ionic realized by Rossellino. The facade is made in travertino and it is opened superiorly from four bifores with tower in cooked crowned with blackbirds. In the portico there are the commemorative plates of the Italian sovereigns.
A quick stop on the drive south
"A pope''s town"
I don't really have much to say about Pienza. It is a little town that can serve as gateway to the great little Southern Tuscany hill towns but I don't think I'd spend much time there. This town's claim to fame is that one of its native sons was pope in the 1600s. For that reason it has some impressive public works projects.
"Can't compete with it's neighbors"
Still these buildings are dwarfed by the great Renesance archetecture further north and the planning gives a sterile feeling that loses the cozy felling of the hill towns to the south, we did not stay there for more than a few hours, I should also say, finding breakfast in Italy is a challenge, must not be in the Italiam culture to eat early.
Result Fashion Photography
"Bye Tuscany, Thanks!"
... we visited legendary Tuscany, Italy ...
... we stayed at beautifull Pienza ...
... we photographed all around ...
... and enjoyed every minute of it ...
... until next time, bye Tuscany !!!