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 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 ; )
Special cultural note: downtown Pienza in Tuscany.
The merchants of Pienza seem to be in constant competition for creating and presenting the upmost attractive storefront. That always shows some great and original designs downtown, unique to its character and ...
... great for modelling, for the owners loved the models moving in front of their stores ...