pienza in 50 pictures is what i saw during our short stay in town.

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as in all the other medieval towns, we parked outside the city walls and walked on. this is another one of those little towns that look like a film set: beautiful and picturesque.

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one of the vantage points just outside the city walls allowed me to take pictures of the surrounding hills.

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we had lunch in a wonderful terrace garden overlooking the above-mentioned tuscan hills. it was also overlooking a cool swimming pool which was unfortunately reserved for the guests of the in-house hotel. this place is called chiostro di pienza and is a former franciscan convent dating to the 13th-century. the meal was great and so was the service. the check was quite decent given the conditions and the location.

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the soup was green peas gazpacho with squid and lemon zest and the main was free range rooster with rosemary and garlic. they were both delicious!

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this is the cattedrale dell’assunta aka the duomo di pienza.

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in a perfect world, i’d have access to this kind of wonderful selection of cheese. if cacio means cheese, cacioteca must mean heaven on earth.

pecorino is a hard type of cheese made from ewe milk – pecora means sheep so… there are endless possibilities and i can only imagine how delicious, for instance, pecorino rosso semistagionato or pecorino-caprino al latte crudo biologico can be. you can laugh but this is the stuff (some of my foodie) dreams are made of!

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this is a pic of the central square.

last but not least, we came across a store selling some hard-to-resist souvenirs. among the best were the calendars and the prints with tuscan scenaries and the various kinds of soap.

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stay tuned: the arezzo post is coming up!

photo credits: little aesthete

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