Piccolo Hotel La Valle Pienza
Via Circonvallazione, 7 - int. 3, Pienza, 53026, Italy
More about Pienza
View from the trail
Pienza Cheese and Tuscan traditions
Chiesa di San Francesco
Palazzo Piccolomini: the loggia
Travel Tips for Pienza
Gourmet Pienza & Pecorino
Pienza is a mecca for the gourmet tourist. It has lots of shops stuffed full of delicious offerings, but one thing that you will come across a lot of is pecorino cheese.
Pecorino originates from this part of Italy, and you will see it for sale all over Pienza. It can be eaten fresh, when it is white and soft, or aged when it is hard and goes a creamy colour. The locals often eat it drizzled with honey - sounds like an intriguing taste sensation indeed!
Besides cheese, shops along (and just off) Corso Il Rossellino are filled with meats such as salami and a large range of delicious locally produced wines. After a big lunch in one of Pienza's excellent restaurants some cheese and wine may well be all you need for dinner, so a purchase or two may be in order ; )
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Etruscan families were known for their spiritual women and their "gifts". Although we do hardly know anything about the Etruscans (where did they came from, maybe from Asia Minor?), we just read today the Etruscan legends, either from Roman historians or out of ancient Greek history.
Greeks and Romans regarded the Etruscans as immorally. Because ot their sexual behaviour, their witchcraft (?), or piracy on the Mediterreanean region, but there is no evidence for all of that.
Tuscany does show up with may influences originated by Etruscans, named by Hesiod in his "Theogony". The Etruscan language hasn't been decoded yet. Homer wrote about a mixture of legends and facts from the period around 750 BC in Ionian Greece, part of Asia Minor. Its Tarot is well-known with the Celtic, too! That is the one regarded as occult, I love to read those ...
To the right of square Pio II you can see the Piccolomini Palace, the papal residence planned by Rosellino among 1459 and 1462. The building was restored in 1905 and in 1933. The facade has cried square and it is all dressed with bugnato bricks and windows with bifore.
The Wonderful Town Of Pienza
The town of Pienza is a small pearl in the Tuscan countryside.
This fantastic town was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and in 2004 the entire valley, the Val d'Orcia, was included on the list of UNESCO's World Cultural Landscapes.
In fact Pienza is located in one of the most beautiful Italian place: the Val d'Orcia. Here you can find magician landscapes and wonderful panorama
Pienza owes its success to the pope Pio II that turned the village in his temporary residence in 1458.
Enjoy your trip in Pienza and Val D'Orcia
Extract of my travel report:
Pienza ... Pienza is small and intimate, Pienza is cosy and romantic, Pienza gave me a very warm feeling. I think I lost my heart in Pienza.
Lunch was in Sette di Vino, a winebar on Piazza di Spagna, where we - at long last - ordered a bottle of Brunello di Montalcino. Wow, what a great wine! Definitely our favourite Italian. The chef's suggestion for the day was grilled Pecorino cheese with bacon which we enjoyed after bruschetti and crostini. They didn't serve coffee, so we walked away a very little bit dizzy of too much wine. All we did was walk around in the pretty town, on the Via della Fortuna and the Via dell' Amore (see how romantic this city is) to the city walls. Great views from there on the surrounding area.
Popped in into the Duomo and were surprised to see how light it was inside, compared to the other churches we had visited. This was thanks to Pope Pius II who wanted this church to be a "domus vitrea" (house of glass).
My complete travel report can be found at http://mappic.org/viewTravelogue.jsp?id=3